Arbor Day in the classroom

Celebrate Arbor Day in your classroom! It’s easy as 1, 2, tree! Arbor Day is a holiday that promotes planting and protecting trees. Illinois celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April. But really, every day is a great day to celebrate trees!

Communities often celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees with school children. Listed below are activities and lesson plans developed by the Arboretum expert educators to help you celebrate the holiday and teach your students about the importance of trees and conservation. These activities can be great enhancements to your curriculum. 


Classroom Activities for Arbor Day:


Plant Trees

Grades pre-K through 2


Grades 3 through 5


Grades 6 through 8


Grades 9 through 12

More Resources

Arbor Day Foundation's website provides lots of resources to celebrate Arbor Day including: