Arbor Day planting, May 10

Fermilab has celebrated Arbor Day since 1969. This year’s event will take place May 10 from 11 am to 1 pm. A free hotdog lunch will be provided at the Arbor Day site. Come to the intersection of B Road and W. Batavia Rd, look for picnic tables and volunteers in the field to the west. Please bring a shovel, if you have one, and gloves. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. Note that the rain date, May 10, is in effect.

The event is open to the public, and volunteers will assist in planting native trees and shrubs provided by Fermi Research Alliance and Fermilab Natural Areas.

At Fermilab and throughout the Chicago Wilderness, shrubland birds are second only to grassland birds in conservation need. While Fermilab is known for it’s extensive prairie restorations, creating patches of native shrubs will provide habitat for thirteen species of shrubland birds that are of high conservation priority. Join us for a volunteer workday to help create structurally diverse shrublands crucial to the conservation these species.

Fermilab Natural Areas is a not for profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to restoring, managing, and enhancing the natural areas and resources of Fermilab in order to maintain and improve their ecological health and biodiversity. For more information and other volunteer opportunities please visit


Fermilab’s Arbor Day