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Arbor Day

Friday, May 1, 2015

It has been over 130 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate trees and all they provide. In many ways, trees are an essential element and this holiday is to recognize their contribution to nature's strength. In Vermont, we celebrate Arbor Day on the first Friday in May. The time of year is chosen so we can roll up our sleeves and plant trees in celebration. As trees grow, they will pay us back. 

We have several opportunities for your school, class and students to get involved in the celebration from creating a piece of tree art to school wide celebrations. Join Vermont schools and students across the state in the celebration. Here are the ways we can help.

Arbor Day Activities:



growing works of art

Lekha Kaplan
Common Name: Ash
Scientific Name:Fraxinus
Fayston Elementary School
Grade 1


Growing Works of Art Contest
A fun way to engage students in grades 1-8th to learn about trees. The contest, ‘Growing Works of Art’ is meant to enrich student's knowledge about Vermont’s trees and provide students with an opportunity to author what will become a set of trading cards to be collected by students across the state.

Ash trees are an important species in both Vermont’s woodlands and developed landscapes. The estimated 160 million ash trees in the state provide a suite of economic, environmental and social benefits. A highly invasive forest pest, emerald ash borer (EAB), while not currently found in Vermont, threatens our state’s ash tree population.
This contest will highlight the importance of ash trees to our state and celebrate them.  Learn More

Contest is over for 2014 - see the winners

Arbor Day Passport
Celebrate Vermont’s Arbor Day by completing projects in our Arbor Day Passport workbook. Combine Passport project with sets of Tree Trading Cards created from last year's 'Growing Works of Art' contest. Learn More

Tree Trading Cards

Combine the Passport Workbook Projects with the Trading Cards that were designed and developed through last year’s ‘Growing Works of Art’ contest. The 2013 Trading Cards come with six cards to a set and focused on maple trees that grow in Vermont. You can give them out as a prize after they complete a certain number of projects or give them out individually as they complete projects and encourage collecting the whole set.

To request sets of the 2013 Tree Trading Cards please provide the information requested or contact Wendy Richardson at 802-828-1531 or with the number of sets needed.

Beetle Busting 101
We need your class’s help to survey the trees on your school's ground. We need to protect our trees from pesky invasive insects and early detection is essential to stopping the spread. Learn more.

Arbor Day Celebrations
An Arbor Day celebration, may be simple and brief or an elaborate all-day observation, can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Celebration Ideas: For lots of ideas about how to observe and celebrate Arbor Day in your school or community, download the "Celebrate Arbor Day!" created by the Arbor Day Foundation.

If you would like us to send you a copy, contact Wendy Richardson at 802-241-3678 or

State Arbor Day Ceremony
We Are Going On the Road for Arbor Day!
Be the first community to host Vermont’s Official Arbor Day Ceremony

For the first time, the Vermont Urban & Community (VTUCF) Program and Council are packing up Vermont’s Arbor Day ceremony and taking it on the road. We want to go local and celebrate Arbor Day in one of our incredible and active communities. We will help to fund and organize your Arbor Day event, as well as share your inspiring community forestry stories with your community as well as broadcasting it across Vermont.

Each year, we’ll pick a new theme to highlight. Since April 27 – May 3 is also Vermont’s first Ash Tree Awareness Week, this year’s theme is celebrating local efforts to plan for emerald ash borer (EAB), and other invasive tree pests. Let’s share our tree pASHion and celebrate Arbor Day together on Friday, May 2! Share your vision and ideas by April 4th and we’ll select the location for Vermont’s 2014 Arbor Day ceremony by April 9th.
Learn More.

Vermont Forests Forever CD-ROM

A free, educational and fun CD-ROM with companion brochure and educator’s guide for 5th & 6th grade students on forest management and its relationship to wildlife, recreation and wood products. The computer CD which combines video clips, a pre-test and post-test, a virtual forest scavenger hunt, the ability for students to design their own forest on-screen, and hotlinks to cool websites has been a great hit with students. A published companion educator’s guide referenced to Vermont Framework of Standards that includes classroom and field study activities, suggested readings and even a forest community word search and crossword puzzle helps teacher’s pull all the elements together. To request a copy, please provided the information requested.

Arbor Day Program Coordinator:

Danielle Fitzko


Special thank you to our tree partners who continue to offer assistance in helping us provide our Arbor Day programs each Spring.

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