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Arbor Day

Each year on Arbor Day, which in Illinois is the last Friday in April, Public Works holds an Arbor Day celebration at one of the schools in River Forest. During the celebration, Public Works crews plant one tree donated to the River Forest school on the school's property, distributes seedlings to students, and talks to the students about the importance of trees both in the River Forest community and globally.

The Village of River Forest has been a Tree City USA Community since 1998. The National Arbor Day Foundation has named River Forest a Tree City USA community based on the following standards: having a forestry division, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.