Arbor Day

  • Arbor Day 2013 at the Vermont Statehouse
  • Arbor Day 2014 at Johnson Elementary School
  • Johnson Tree Board volunteer Sue Lovering with VT UCF's Caitlin Cusack (dressed as a purple EAB trap) for Arbor Day 2014

Celebrate Vermont Arbor Day on Friday, May 5th, 2017!

It has been over 130 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day.  His simple idea of establishing a special day for planting trees is now more important than ever.  Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate trees and all of their benefits.  In Vermont, we celebrate Arbor Day on the First Friday in May, a day when we can roll up our sleeves and plant trees!  The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program sponsors opportunities and resources for your community, school, and students to get involved in celebrating Arbor Day. 

Arbor Day Activities

Arbor Day Conference

The Vermont Arbor Day Conference is designed for the stewards of Vermont's urban trees and community forests and will provide an opportunity to enhance technical skills, engage in urban forestry hot topics, and network with professionals. The conference is open to all and intended to support urban tree care professionals, municipal staff, tree wardens, tree board members, citizens, and anyone else caring for canopy at the local level.

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Arbor Day Guidebook

A guidebook developed by the National Arbor Day Foundation that presents ideas on coordinating an Arbor Day event in your community.

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Beetle Busting 101

In your travels around the state in the summer you have inevitably encountered a purple “box” hanging in a tree along the road. These traps are used to detect the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a non-native beetle that just like the Asian longhorned beetle and hemlock woolly adelgid, was introduced to the United States from Asia and has devastated forests throughout the U.S. While the hemlock woolly adelgid was detected in Windham County in 2007, the other two pests have not yet arrived in Vermont. Maples, ash, hemlocks, and other host species that are threatened by these forest pests comprise nearly two-thirds of the trees in Vermont’s woods. Their introduction could have devastating impacts on the forest products industry, tourism, water quality, streetscapes and wildlife habitat. Check out our Beetle Busting educational resources.

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Arbor Day Tree Planting

Greening Schools on Arbor Day (for Chittenden and Addison counties only)

We are pleased to announce that Charlie Proutt and Eileen Schilling, owners of Horsford’s Nursery in Charlotte, will be offering one large shade or ornamental tree to ten schools in Addison and Chittenden counties for their 2016 Arbor Day Ceremonies. If your school is interested in participating in the Greening Schools on Arbor Day Program, please complete the application on the following page and submit it to Diana Jaramillo by April 15, 2016. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enhance your school’s grounds and educate your students about the benefits of trees.

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Growing Works of Art Contest

A fun way to engage students in grades 1-8 to learn about trees. The contest, ‘Growing Works of Art’ is meant to enrich students' knowledge about Vermont’s trees and provide students with an opportunity to author what will become a set of trading cards collected by students across the state.

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Arbor Day Events

2016 Poster Contest Finalists

  • Theresa Steward

    Rochester School


  • Natalie Messier

    Randolph Union Middle School


  • Evan Joaquin

    Killington Elementary School


  • Emma Dana

    Union Street School


  • Ben Nowicki

    The Mountain School at Winhall


  • Ryan E. Ostrom

    Weathersfield Elementary School


  • Virginia Mongeur

    Rochester Elementary School


  • Ziva Baker

    Westford Elementary School