California Arbor Week and National Arbor Day Celebrations!
February 24, 2016
Thanks to the passion and gusto of a tree-lover named J. Sterling Morton, Arbor Day was first celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872 by planting an estimated one million trees! Since its conception in the 1800’s, Arbor Day has been celebrated around the nation as a day to plant and care for trees.
National Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April; however, a number of states honor Arbor Day at other times in the spring season to coincide with prime tree planting periods. California’s Arbor Day is celebrated on March 7, in honor of famed horticulturist Luther Burbanks’s birthday – and because this date is typically ideal for planting trees in most areas of California.
California ReLeaf, in
partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, is
celebrating Arbor Day for a whole week by encouraging cities, organizations,
and schools to honor the observance by planting trees in their communities and
celebrating the value of trees.
California Arbor Week
runs from March 7 – 14.
Sacramento Tree Foundation and our various tree-centric partner organizations have a number of Arbor celebrations on the calendar this year in the Sacramento region. Don’t miss the chance to become involved in this deep-rooted holiday honoring our trees!
Saturday, March 5
11am – 2pm; Rancho Cordova
The City of Rancho Cordova, It Takes a Lincoln Group, and Sacramento Tree Foundation bring you the 100 Trees in Lincoln Village Free BBQ and Arbor Day Celebration event at A.M. Winn Elementary School. Contact City of Rancho Cordova’s Gordon Mann at
(916)-851-8869 for more information.
Friday, March 11
8:30am – 12pm; Roseville
Celebrate with the City of Roseville’s Arbor Day Celebration Tree Planting at Festersen Park. RSVP to
Michael Neumann, City of Roseville Urban Forester, at 916-744-5579
Saturday, March 12— 9am
12:30pm; Plumas Lake
Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation in celebrating Arbor Week at the Bear River Habitat Trail Planting, Mulching, and Site Clean-up event.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
Saturday, March 12— 9am
The City of Davis will be honoring Arbor Week with a tree planting at Central Park in downtown Davis. For more information, contact the City of Davis Urban Forestry Division at (530) 757-5633.
Saturday, March 19— 9am
Woodland Tree Foundation’s Arbor Day 2016 Planting will be held at Woodland Community and Senior Center Dog Park. Click here to learn more!
Saturday, April 9— 9am
Commemorate National Arbor Day early with the City of Folsom’s Arbor Day Tree Planting celebration at the Johnny Cash Trail. For more info, contact Folsom City Arborist, Ken Menzer.
Saturday, April 23
Time TBD; Sacramento
Stay tuned for the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Earth Day – Arbor Day event at Peter Burnett Elementary School. Come learn about our new South Sacramento NeighborWoods project and help us plant some trees! More details will be posted soon.
Saturday, April 30
9am – 11am; West Sacramento
The City of West Sacramento brings you an Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration at Summerfield Park. To learn more, contact Dena Kirtley at
(916) 617- 4629.
Sunday, May 1
11am – 4pm; Pollock Pines
Don’t miss Pollock Pines Arbor Day Festival
featuring dancing, music, children’s activities, vendor booths, and more!
Photo Credit: Volunteer Ryan Medina