NIPSCO, Gabis Arboretum host annual Arbor Day Celebration

April 20, 2022

NIPSCO and Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest are hosting the ninth annual Arbor Day Celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at the arboretum.

The evening will include a planting ceremony, an evening walk to see previous Arbor Day plantings, and free tree giveaways. A representative from NIPSCO will also be on site to offer tips on where to safely plant trees.

“We have carefully selected native tree species to give away including River Birch, Bur Oak, and Eastern Wahoo, which is an alternative to the invasive Burning Bush,” said Stephanie Blackstock, the executive director of the arboretum. “Each tree will be in a 5-gallon bucket and come with instructions on how to care for it.”

The Arbor Day Celebration is free but arboretum admission fees apply for non-members. PNW students are always granted free admission to the arboretum.

Trees are available to those who pre-register at

The Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest along with Purdue Northwest’s Hammond and Westville campuses are recognized as a Tree Campus Higher Education with the Arbor Day Foundation. The arboretum is also a Level III accredited arboretum with ArbNet.