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Alternative Celebration Ideas

Do you represent a community, campus, or non-profit tree program? In light of the impact COVID-19 is having on all of us this Arbor Day, check out these celebration ideas that do not involve public gatherings.

  • Hold a virtual Arbor Day, using your city’s cable access channel to demonstrate how to properly plant a tree.
  • Livestream a tree book reading or share videos of librarians reading the poem Trees by Joyce Kilmer.
  • Conduct an online tree awareness campaign, explaining the benefits of trees in the community.
  • Conduct a virtual tour of the biggest or oldest trees on your campus or in the community.
  • Sponsor a community Arbor Day poster contest for youth now learning at home or involve college graphic design students in a poster design challenge.
  • Develop and roll out your tree program’s Facebook and/or Instagram pages.
  • Sponsor one or more teachers in your community to attend an online Project Learning Tree professional development workshop.
  • Have students plant a tree in their yard or adopt a city tree and share a video with their class about its characteristics and their plans to care for it over the summer, like students at the College of Saint Rose, a Tree Campus USA college.
  • Host a Tree ID Challenge encouraging citizens to send in a photo of themselves with a tree they identified using the “What Tree is That?” guide in exchange for a piece of “swag,” like Alliance for Community Trees non-profit TreesCharlotte.
  • Host an interactive “Ask the Arborist” Q&A session allowing homeowners to ask tree care questions via Zoom, like Alliance for Community Trees non-profit TreesCharlotte.
  • Invite local youth to submit a tree-related question to a city arborist via email and answer the questions via video posted on your community's website or social media.
  • Hold a virtual Arbor Day celebration and provide a tree planting and care demonstration and campus tree tour, like recognized Tree Campus USA university, IUPUI, and collaborator Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, a member of the Alliance for Community Trees.
  • Hold a virtual presentation by a native tree expert to inform your community about recommended tree choices like recognized Tree Campus USA university, Florida Atlantic University – Jupiter Campus.
  • Partner with local restaurants to give away free tree seedlings with takeout orders, like Alliance for Community Trees non-profit TreesCharlotte.
  • Check out this collection of virtual Arbor Day resources compiled by the Washington, DC DOT's Division of Urban Forestry.

How is your community, campus, or organization adapting?

Share unique ways you’re celebrating Arbor Day this year.