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Celebrating Trees

Honoring trees is one way to bring visibility to this valuable community asset. The Community Trees Program is here to help bring recognition to trees with programs that engage citizens 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 Joy Morton's father. 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 can 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 celebrations. We welcome the opportunity to provide you with resources for seedlings and help you choose a deciduous tree species suited for your area.
  • Schedule a volunteer event: Recruiting and encouraging tree volunteers are important ways 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 yearround

  • 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.