The Monticello Tree Board will host a Arbor Day and Tree City USA celebration on March 19 at Lake Monticello, according to Dr. Laurie Gharis, assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello..

The celebration, which will include tree planting, a hamburger and hotdog lunch, a tree clinic, and nature activities for children and families, will be held at the Hunger Run access to the lake from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The celebration gets underway at 11 a.m. with planting and mulching trees, followed by the reading of a city proclamation by Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker, the reading of a poem by 4H members, and tree facts by local scouts. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be served at 12:30 p.m.

A tree clinic and nature activities are planned for 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

“Come make Lake Monticello more beautiful, learn about the importance of trees, and enjoy good food and fun family activities,” Gharis said. “Stay later to enjoy fishing, hiking, and exploring on your own at your local lake.”

For more information, contact Hope Bragg at (870) 224-5478.