Dublin will combine several educational events focused on the environment into an expo that city officials expect will attract several hundred residents.

Dublin will combine several educational events focused on the environment into an expo that city officials expect will attract several hundred residents.

The Eco Dublin Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10, at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road. The event will combine the city's Wild Night Out and Right Tree, Right Place tree expo.

"We're hoping people take away information about how they can be greener, how they can recycle and live in harmony with wildlife," said public information officer David Ball. "Also we hope they'll have some better understanding from a tree perspective on how to pick the right tree for the right place in their yards."

During the free event residents will have an opportunity to speak with city foresters and nature education experts; learn about animals, plants and other nature-related topics and discover ways to be green inside and outside their home.

Kids activities, costumed characters, free tree saplings, live animals and educational exhibits from state and local organizations also will be included.

"We wanted to bring them all together so it would let people come in who were interested in one activity but they may find they're also interested in another topic," Ball said.

Returning for the second year is the city's "Right Tree, Right Place" program. During the education forum, informational sessions will be presented by city foresters on selecting and planting the proper trees for your property.

As part of the "Right Tree, Right Place" program, seed money will be offered to Dublin residents to plant the trees on their properties. Residents who buy a tree from The Andersons, 5800 Alshire Road, can redeem a voucher from the city worth $25. The program is funded through the city and AEP Ohio.

Last year more than 60 trees were purchased, Ball said.

Incorporating elements from the Wild Night Out, residents also will learn to live in harmony with nature, find out how to attract birds and butterflies and get a first-hand look at the city's long-range master plans for parks and recreation.

In addition, Ohio Mobile Shredding will have a shredder on site to allow people to recycle various types of paper and documents.

For more information on the Eco Dublin Expo, visit www.dublin.oh.us.