Earth & Arbor Day Festival

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2019 May The Forest Be With You abbreviated flyer

Date & Location

Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:00am - May the Forest Be With You 5k
10:00am - 2:00pm - Activities
Wildcat Park, 201 W. Riviera Drive

About the Event

The festivities will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a 5K sponsored by Liberty Utilities and Joplin Parks & Recreation. The celebration will feature live entertainment by The Radleys and delicious food served by local food trucks. Other activities include a tree identification hike, volunteer stream-side litter cleanup, a native tree and plant sale, a tree mulching demonstration, and hands-on activities for kids. Several Earth & Arbor friendly community alliances will share information encouraging the care of our planet.


  • 9:00 am - May the Forest Be With You 5k - Register at 
  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
    • Live Entertainment by The Radleys
    • Native Tree and Plant Sale
    • Tree Mulching Demonstrations
    • Tree Identification Hikes
    • Stream Clean Up of Joplin Creek
      • Pre-registration for the stream-side litter clean-up is encouraged and may be completed by visiting
      • Stream-side clean-up volunteers will receive a three-gallon container tree courtesy of Liberty Utilities.
  • 11:00 am - Mayor’s Arbor Day Proclamation & Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Liberty Utilities Arboretum
  • 12:00 pm - Biological Water Quality Testing Demo & Water Bugs


Non-profit and for-profit partners that want to provide display booths at the event to share information, host activities, and/or sell products/services that inspire environmental protection and stewardship are welcome. For more information on becoming a vendor, click here to download a vendor packet, or contact Robin at or call 417-708-7713.