Arizona Arbor Day
This event is held annually to celebrate trees and the multitude of benefits they provide. It includes a reading of the Arizona Arbor Day proclamation, an awards ceremony for Tree City, Tree Campus, and Tree Line USA, Citizen Forester of the Year, Magnificent 7 Trees, and a commemorative tree planting. Arbor Day traditionally occurs on the last Friday of April.
Tour des Trees
Tour des Trees is a FREE (self‐guided) Bike, Walk, or Drive friendly event that weaves throughout an annually selected community in Arizona and highlights magnificent trees of various species. Professional Arborists are located at each tree to discuss different tree topics such as, Tree Selection, Proper Tree Planting, Right Tree – Right Place, Proper Watering, Proper Pruning, and the Benefits of Trees.
Tour des Trees - Fact Sheets
Each year around Arbor Day, we invite Arizona youth in grades K-12 to participate in our poster contest to highlight the amazing role that trees play in our lives and our communities. The theme for 2020's contest is: 'If Trees Could Talk: 100 Years of Tree Care in Arizona!'
This year's contest is intended to showcase all of the amazing ways that people have cared for trees over the last 100 years - from the Arizona State Forester to the professional landscaper to the neighborhood community - to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Association of State Foresters.
Congratulations to all of our 2020 winners! Excellent work. To view the winning posters - go to our department's Facebook page.
1st place - Jaciel Acosta, 2nd Grade, Amberela Elementary School - Phoenix
2nd place - Kataleya Vera, 2nd Grade, Desert Mesa Elementary - Phoenix
3rd place - Cara Turner, 1st Grade, Montessori Day School - Phoenix
1st place - Sarina Ahmed, 5th Grade, Joy of Fine Arts - Chandler
2nd place - Matthew Law, 5th Grade, Homeschool - Chandler
3rd place - Eli Rhon, 3rd Grade, Basis Charger School - Flagstaff
1st place - Zacariah Padron, 8th Grade, Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain - Tolleson
2nd place - Nicolas Salomone, 7th Grade, Sunrise Middle School - Scottsdale
3rd place - Hennessy Padilla, 7th Grade, Pete Woodard Jr. High - Yuma
1st place - Aishing Kelly, 11th Grade, Joy of Fine Arts - Chandler
2nd place - Hallie Gleeson, 9th Grade, Round Valley High School - Springerville
3rd place - Heike Lieske, 9th Grade, Centennial High School - Peoria
The Showcase is an annual opportunity for our Community Challenge Grant recipients to present their Urban and Community Forestry projects, discuss their accomplishments, and network with program partners and collaborators.
Presentations in the past have included, Urban Tree Maintenance Education, Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF) Network, Irrigation Requirements of Landscape Trees, Urban Riparian Forests, and Creating Community-based Green Infrastructure.