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Celebrating trees

Trees need understanding and support from people in order to live long, productive lives.  Community Trees Program is here to help build that support by helping communities create programs that engage citizens, children and families, and help them understand the importance and benefits of the urban and community forest. 

Commemorate Arbor Day

Arbor Day, a national day to plant and celebrate trees, was established in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. Arbor Day, is a great occasion for gathering people around the joy of trees, the benefits of trees, and the need to plant and care for them.

  • Host a tree planting—municipalities, park districts and other interested groups to plan and host Arbor Day celebrations. In many communities, the event is planned by a volunteer group assisted by a staff liason. As resources allow, Community Trees staff will supply resources for your event and may be able to schedule staff to attend. Many communities distribute seedlings at their celebration. We welcome the opportunity to provide you with resources for seedlings and help choosing a deciduous tree species suited for your area.
  • Schedule a volunteer event—an important way to build a base of support for trees and provide concrete, valuable help to professional staff.
  • Introduce Arbor Day in the classroom—Inspire a lifelong appreciation with a celebration of trees.

Celebrate year round

  • Demonstrate a commitment to urban forests by applying to become a "Tree City"—many communities have shown how they value trees and built support for their community forests by applying to become a Tree City or Tree Campus USA.
  • Bring trees to students—Grow lifelong tree lovers by using prepared curricula or participate in field trips about the biology and benefits of trees, meeting STEM curriculum requirements.