The fun, non-denominational Festival of Trees again will take place in December at The Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
During the month. the building will be decorated with a remarkable display of festive holiday trees, designed and decorated by individuals, local groups, and businesses.
The Environmental Education Center staff currently is seeking individuals, local and civic groups, clubs, businesses, scout troops, and others to design, decorate, and submit an artificial tree for the month-long holiday display.
Ideas should be submitted as soon as possible. The application for placing a tree offers a first-come, first-served opportunity to participate, and naturalist Christa Wood said that once receiving an application, she responds to let the applicant know if the tree can be included.
On Wednesday, she said the display area has space for about 30 additional trees depending upon size.
Tree set-up begins on Sunday, Dec. 1, to be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, Dec. 3, according to information from the EEC.
The event opens to the public for viewing beginning on Friday Dec. 6 and remains open seven-days-a week until Sunday Dec. 29; with the exception of Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25. Visiting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Trees are scheduled to be taken down beginning Sunday, Dec. 29, 5 to 7 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 30, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or as individually scheduled.
Wood said inquiries should be sent to her email at email@example.com or voice mail messages can be left at 908-766-2489, ext 337.