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2017 California Arbor Week and National Arbor Day Celebrations!

February 1, 2017

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 Burbanks’s birthday – as well as the Sacramento Tree Foundation's 35th anniversary!

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 until March 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!

Tuesday, February 14 - California ReLeaf Poster Contest deadline for Grades 3, 4, and 5

The theme for California ReLeaf's 2017 Poster Contest is “Trees Are Superheroes!” Encourage students to think about the variety of ways that trees lend a hand in their everyday lives. Each student should create a poster that reflects his or her understanding of the important roles trees play in cities and towns. Student posters must follow the contest rules. Teachers and group leaders are responsible for selecting one winner for their class or group. An award certificate you can use to honor your school’s winner is available on their website. State Officials will then review all the submissions to select a final statewide winner in each grade. Get thinking trees and get creative! Learn more about the contest here.

Tuesday, March 7 - 10:00 AM until 10:30 AM - Rancho Cordova

Join the City of Rancho Cordova's arborists, Council members, and residents in celebrating California Arbor Day by planting a Japanese Maple donated by the Sacramento Tree Foundation at The Kilgore Cemetery (2911 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova, 95670). The importance of Arbor Day, planting trees in our communities, and the City's challenge to plant 1,000 Trees in Lincoln Village will be discussed during the ceremony. The Sacramento Tree Foundation will also be receiving a proclamation from Council Member Linda Budge.

Tuesday, March 7 - 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM - Sacramento

Join the City of Sacramento, Sacramento Tree Foundation, and La Familia Counseling Center in celebrating Sacramento’s ranking as the greenest city in the nation with a ceremonial tree planting at La Familia's Maple Neighborhood Center (3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824 ). As the City of Sacramento celebrates this achievement, we recognize there is still much work to do. Every neighborhood in the Sacramento region deserves a healthy, diverse, and expansive tree canopy. Together, let’s PLANT, VOLUNTEER, LEARN, and JOIN efforts to improve tree canopies in every neighborhood starting this California Arbor Day.

Tuesday, March 7 - 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM - Sacramento

Join us in celebrating California Arbor Week and the Sacramento Tree Foundation's 35th anniversary at our open house at the Sacramento Tree Foundation's office (191 Lathrop Way, Suite D, Sacramento, CA 95815). We'll be celebrating by planting a tree in our parking lot and enjoying each others company. Come by to meet the Foundation's staff and learn more about our work growing and protecting our urban forest.

Thursday, March 9 - 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM - Folsom

Help the Sacramento Tree Foundation celebrate California Arbor Week by enhancing a previous reforesting project in the City of Folsom at Empire Ranch Park Site #53 by planting native trees and acorns in open space. We hope to plant approximately 100 new tree seedlings and acorns which will build the urban forest and someday provide habitat for local wildlife. Register to volunteer here or contact our Volunteer Specialist at 916-974-4310 or volunteer@sactree.com.

Saturday, March 11 - 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM - Sacramento

Help the Sacramento Tree Foundation celebrate California Arbor Week with a special tree planting at the Sacramento Horsemen's Association. We will be planting 75 new native trees along paddocks, open space areas, and near Arcade Creek. This project will help provide shade to people and horses while bolstering the health and continuity of the historic oak woodland that persists on the property. New native trees will also support habitat quality and connectivity along Arcade Creek. Register to volunteer here or contact our Volunteer Specialist at 916-974-4310 or volunteer@sactree.com.

Saturday, March 11 - Time TBA - Davis

The City of Davis and Tree Davis invite you to join workshops and planting events to support the city's urban forest in preparation for their Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, March 11 in Central Park. Team Leader Workshops will be hosted on February 10, February 24, and March 3 at Parks & General Services' office. Group volunteer projects will be hosted at Mace Ranch Park on February 11, February 25, and March 4 leading up to the celebration. Register to volunteer here.

Tuesday, March 14 - 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM - Folsom

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in celebrating California Arbor Week with a special acorn planting at the Fieldstone Meadows Open Space Preserve in Folsom. We will be planting up to 45 native oak acorns along an existing wetland and open space. This project will help provide shade to people while bolstering the health and growth of native trees already on the site. New native trees will also support habitat quality. Register to volunteer here or contact our Volunteer Specialist at 916-974-4310 or volunteer@sactree.com.

Saturday, March 18 - 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM - Woodland

Woodland, The City of Trees, is celebrating National Arbor Day with ceremonies followed by the planting of 100 trees throughout downtown. Volunteers that are capable of wielding a shovel and are not afraid of a little mud are invited to help with the planting. Volunteers must be 18 years or older or accompanied by an adult. Teams of three will fan out into downtown neighborhoods to dig holes, plant trees, install tree stakes, and mulch trees. Refreshments will be provided. Bring a shovel and gloves. Extra shovels may be available. Register to volunteer here or contact the Woodland Tree Foundation at 530-662-9202.

Friday, April 28 - 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM & 12:00 PM until 2:30 PM - Elk Grove
Saturday, April 29 - 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM - Elk Grove

Get dirty with the Sacramento Tree Foundation! We will be reforesting a portion of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge by planting 1,250+ native seedlings along the edge of reclaimed agricultural lands in celebration of National Arbor Day! These trees will eventually provide important habitat for local wildlife. This is a great event for everyone! Snacks will be provided. Lunch will be provided on Saturday, April 28. Register to volunteer on Friday, April 28 here or register to volunteer on Saturday, April 29 here. You can also register to volunteer by calling 916-974-4310 or emailing volunteer@sactree.com.

Saturday, April 29 - Time TBA - West Sacramento

Details to be announced soon. 

Please check back soon as we'll be posting more information about California Arbor Week and National Arbor Day celebrations around the Sacramento region as they're announced.