TREES & plants

Celebrating Arbor Day in your community

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.

2017 Tree tag kits

To meet your needs, tree tags are available for individuals, school or groups or communities, and municipalities or park districts. Tags are eye catching 11" x 17", weather resistant, and recyclable. They come with a kit of urban forestry resources to assist you with sharing the importance of trees. To raise community awareness of the value of trees, it's best to hang tree tags on trees that are most visible to passersby. Schoolyards, parks and downtown street trees make great choices.


Awareness tags: Using four different messages highlighting what trees need from us, you can be a champion of trees.  With our awareness Tree Tag Kits, you can celebrate Arbor Day and promote trees by hanging these tags.   Tags may be ordered in quantities of 4 (limit of 40) and are free if picked up at The Morton Arboretum, Administration Building, during regular business hours. Tree Tag Kits can also be mailed for a fee. Order tags HERE.

2017 set of 4 tree tags


Tree City USA

Many communities have shown how they value trees and built support for their community forests by applying to become a Tree City 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, the Community Trees Program will supply resources for your event and may be able to schedule staff to attend.  LEARN MORE


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

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