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2018 California Arbor Week Celebrations!

March 1, 2018

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 inception 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 Burbank’s birthday – it also happens to be our anniversary. This year we turn 36!

There are many ways to show your love for our community's canopy this arbor day: 

California ReLeaf, in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, celebrates 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 until March 14. Get involved by entering into their video and poster contest. This year’s Arbor Week Contest theme is Healthy Trees, Healthy Me! All contest entries must be submitted by February 14, 2018. Learn more by visiting arborweek.org.

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 3

NeighborWoods Planting at Fern Bacon Middle School

Join us by canopying the campus of Fern Bacon Middle School with 60 more shade trees and mulching its existing trees so they remain strong, vibrant, and healthy for years to come. Sign up to volunteer.

Tree Davis Miller Drive Arbor Day Planting

Kick off Arbor Week by joining Tree Davis for a planting. Check it out

Tuesday, March 6

Sacramento's premier screening of Felled, a documentary film about giving new life to fallen urban trees.

In collaboration with Urban, Salvaged, Reclaimed Woods Inc., we bring you Felled, a documentary film about giving new life to fallen urban trees. Felled, much like the Tree Foundation's new Urban Wood Rescue program, seeks to inspire others to reimagine the world around them and see the value of creating something meaningful from trees that would otherwise decompose in a landfill.

This event is at the Tower Theatre on Tuesday, March 6 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. Click here to reserve your tickets today!

Wednesday, March 7 

Arbor Day Planting at John Sloat Elementary School 

This Arbor Day we will plant 8 trees at John Sloat Elementary in coordination with the school community and the City of Sacramento. John Sloat Elementary has prioritized planting trees near the playground and school entrance to provide wide-ranging benefits that directly and positively impact the students and staff. We will celebrate and continue the legacy of Sacramento as the City of Trees and pass on the benefits and joys of the urban forest to future generations!

Wednesday, March 7 - Thursday, March 15

Arbor Week Planting Series at Haggin Oaks Golf Course

Join us to plant native seedlings along Arcade Creek adjacent to the Haggin Oaks Golf Course! This project will increase the riparian oak woodland buffer between the creek and golf course and will help benefit wildlife, water quality, and habitat connectivity. Sign up to volunteer.

Saturday, March 10

Rancho Cordova's Arbor Week Planting

Come join the City of Rancho Cordova, the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and the Cordova Recreation and Park District as we plant 118 trees, 15 of which will be dedicated to honor the City of Rancho Cordova’s 15th Anniversary. Sign up to volunteer. 

Woodland Tree Foundation Arbor Day Celebration

100 trees will be planted at Beamer Park to celebrate the community's tree heritage. Join the party!

Saturday, March 17

Bear River Habitat Trail

We will send 2018 Arbor Week off  by planting, weeding, and mulching the thousands of native plants our volunteers have planted along the Bear River Habitat Trail in Yuba County since January 2016. Register to attend our final California Arbor Week celebration.  

Saturday, March 24

NeighborWoods Planting at Abraham Lincoln Elementary

The City of Rancho Cordova and the Sacramento Tree Foundation began the process of transforming Countryside Park with 26 beautiful new shade trees in Fall 2017 and will be continuing this joint effort to beautify the neighborhood this March. New shade trees will be planted at Abraham Lincoln Elementary and individual homes throughout the community.

Park Volunteer Service Day

Join us at this community volunteer day focused on planting and maintaining trees in North Sacramento (District 2) to ensure that native trees and plant species remain an integral part of the urban forest in Del Paso Heights. Our goal is to plant at least 25 trees at Robertson Park, maintain at least 25 trees at Nuevo Park, and establish a native plant garden near the children's playground. Check it out!


Together, let’s PLANT, VOLUNTEER, LEARN, and JOIN efforts to improve tree canopies in every neighborhood starting this California Arbor Day.