Urban and Community Forestry Events
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
Arbor Day Poster Contest
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. We are excited to invite Arizona youth to participate in our 2023 Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Arizona's TREEmendous Future!" This year's contest is intended to celebrate how trees contribute to a healthy, happy future in the place we call home! What can we do today to nurture healthy trees for the future? How do trees make YOUR future tree-mendous?
The future is full of possibilites. Dream BIG about Arizona's future with TREES!
For more information, pleaes view the Poster Contest Flyer and Submission Guidelines. The deadline for submission is Monday, March 6, 2023.
Arbor Day was first celebrated in 1872 and it is estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted that day. What do you think those trees have accomplished, what have they learned, and what will they wish for this year? Trees are wise members of our communities and we want to highlight this milestone date with your unique and beautiful artwork!
View the 2022 collection of winners!
1st place - Liya Zhang, 1st Grade, BASIS Scottsdale Primary - East Campus, Scottsdale
2nd place - David Sagasta, 2nd Grade, Safford K-8 - Tucson
3rd place - Samiah Begaye, 2nd Grade, Kerr Elementary School - Mesa
1st place - Eva Huang, 4th Grade, BASIS Scottsdale Primary - East Campus, Scottsdale
2nd place - Briana Lopez, 5th Grade, Gallego Fine Arts Magnet School - Tucson
3rd place - Ezekiel Mendoza, 4th Grade, Carrillo Communication and Creative Magnet School
1st place - Mayleen Badilla, 7th Grade, Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School - Tucson
2nd place - Maya Montiel, 7th Grade, Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School - Tucson
3rd place - Deven Rodriguez, 7th Grade, Gallego Intermediate Fine Arts Magnet School - Tucson
1st place - Virgil Stanley III, 12th Grade, Biyaagozhoo Education Center - San Carlos
2nd place - Nashmia Tazrian, 10th Grade, Hamilton High School and Joy of Fine Arts School - Chandler
3rd place - Amaya Peralta, 12th Grade, Corona Del Sol High School - Tempe
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.