Arbor Day Trees

Arbor Day in Edmonton, an annual celebration in May, is one of several City-led programs which enables Edmontonians to learn about creating a healthy, climate resilient city.

Connecting with our natural and human-made network of greenspaces is an important part of being an Edmontonian. 

How It All Began

  • The Arbor Day tradition in Edmonton began in 1893 with school children planting trees
  • In the early 1950s, the City of Edmonton started providing seedlings to grade one students
  • The Government of Alberta soon took on this unique initiative and the City created a day of learning for grade one students

Other cities and countries celebrate this event on different days in the spring. For more information, please visit the Arbor Day Foundation – Tree Canada and the US National Arbor Day Foundation.