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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. Register here  or email volunteer@sactree.com with questions!  

Saturday, March 12— 9am – TBD; Davis

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 11:30am; Woodland

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 12pm; Folsom

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