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Sample Program

Wondering what a basic Arbor Day celebration looks like? Here’s a sample program to help you as you plan.

  • Present the flag. Good choices for presenters include scouts or representative for veterans’ groups.
  • Provide welcome remarks by an elected official or community leader.
  • Read the Arbor Day Proclamation.
  • Recognize a community good steward. Nominations can be accepted beforehand.
  • Provide a few remarks about the importance of wise stewardship and the contribution made by trees.
  • Plant a tree together.
  • Read a brief Arbor Day history, stressing tree planting and wise environmental stewardship.
  • Invite older members of the community to talk about past Arbor Day celebrations and tree plantings.
  • Sing songs, read poems or present a play about trees.
  • Recognize individual and group commitments to future stewardship projects.
  • Retire the flag and sing a closing song.
  • Provide seedlings or nursery gift certificates for those who want to plant a tree in their own yard.