Arbor Day was celebrated at the St. Augustine Beach City Hall on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The annual event featured live music, free food, nature exhibits, educational activities for kids and adults, and lots of fun. Smokey the Bear was on site to greet children and help share information on the importance of trees and preventing the destruction of forests. Guests had their photos taken with Smokey, and could also pet a live alligator at the event. Also on hand were Florida Fish and Wildlife, the Matanzas River Keeper, Audubon Birds, and the Sea Turtle Patrol. Special exhibits included a live bee hive exhibit, a touch tank with live sea creatures, butterflies, baby birds, wildlife exhibits, and much more. The Arbor Day event is held annually to recognize the importance of trees to the ecosystem and to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees in their own lives and backyards. There were free trees for those who wanted to take one to plant at home or place of work.