Celebrating Arbor Day is a great way to bring together your community, school, neighborhood or family. Arbor Day, a national day to plant and celebrate trees, was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, the father of The Morton Arboretum founder, Joy Morton. The date of Arbor Day varies by state. LEARN MORE.
Tree City USA - Tree Campus USA
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. LEARN MORE
Community Events and Tree Planting
The Community Trees program encourages 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. Please contact Beth Corrigan for celebration ideas and resources.
Additional celebration resources
Looking for new ideas for your school or community event? Planning an event from scratch? There are many educational resources available on our Arbor Day in the Classroom page. LEARN MORE