2011 National Arbor Day Awards

Award for Education Innovation

Our City Forest

The Award for Education Innovation was given to Our City Forest of San Jose, Calif., for engaging and educating its community in a unique way. Since 1994, Our City Forest has been providing ways for residents of San Jose to take care of the area's vast urban forest, and it starts with education. The program has trained more than 400 volunteers and educators, called Tree Amigos, to go out in the community and serve as ambassadors for Our City Forest. Tree Amigos graduate from a free, 18-hour training course, and then go out into the community to teach and guide residents as they plant and care for trees. Our City Forest also educates students from kindergarten through college about the vital role trees play in a city. During the past 15 years, the program has engaged citizens to participate in more than 3,000 tree-planting projects resulting in more than 50,000 trees being added to the city's canopy.

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Award winners are recognized for their leadership in the cause of tree planting, conservation,and environmental stewardship.

Leaders in tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship from around the country and world are honored each year at our annual Arbor Day Awards celebration held in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The awards ceremony is part of the annual Arbor Day weekend celebration held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center.