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      April will be a celebration for trees

      The month of April is known to many as a month to recognize the beauty of nature.

      This Friday, April 4 is know as Missouri State Arbor Day while Friday, April 25 is National Arbor Day. Earth Day is taking place this year on Tuesday, April 22.

      With trees a big subject this month, the Missouri Department of Conservation Office in Kirksville wants to celebrate. They will coincide those dates with a big conservation event on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

      "Everything about nature is important. Trees are very special to me. I grew up in a family where trees are important and are our friends. So for me being able to do a big event on all about trees and how important they are is just wonderful," said Conservation Event Coordinator Amanda Moore.

      Moore says families can expect a lot of fun activities and prizes.

      They will play games while learning about the history of trees and how to identify different types.

      The event will be free and open to the public. There is no need to register in advance.

      For more information call (660) 785-2440.