The University of Central Florida will go “green” this Friday as part of an early observance of National Arbor Day, which is Friday, April 25.

Volunteer opportunities will be available at the Arboretum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18. Activities will include tree planting, tending to UCF’s organic community garden and beautifying the UCF Arboretum, the outdoor laboratory on campus that creates ecology-research opportunities and encourages connections with ecosystems and landscapes.

For the fourth year in a row, UCF has been designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The title means UCF is committed to maintaining a healthy tree community, and UCF maintains its Tree Campus USA designation by engaging the community in various educational and outreach activities.

In addition, UCF’s Tree Team oversaw and planted more than 300 native trees and removed 67 invasive trees that are disruptive to the natural areas on campus in 2013.

For more information about the Tree Campus USA program, visit