BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Native trees will be given away free by the Somerset County Park Commission at two locations to celebrate Arbor Day.

Trees will be distributed on Friday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, and the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden located at Colonial Park, Parking Lot A, 156 Mettlers Road in Somerset (Franklin Township).

A diverse selection of native trees and shrubs will be available.  Twelve different species native to the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States will be offered free of charge while supplies last.  One tree per person or two trees per family will be given away.

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Colonial Park Gardens and Environmental Education Center staff will be available to advise on selection of the best trees for specific planting sites.

This event is sponsored by the Somerset County Park Foundation and Go-Green Committee of the Somerset County Park Commission.  The Park Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) created to preserve, support, and promote Somerset County Park Commission programs, facilities, and open space through advocacy and fundraising.    

For more information contact Jane Parks, EEC at 908 722-1200 ext. 5336 or Surina Rashid, Colonial Park Gardens at 908 722-1200 ext. 5721 or visit