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About Arbor Day

The first Arbor Day in the City of Edmonton was recognized in 1893. In the early 1950’s the City of Edmonton began a tradition of distributing evergreen seedlings to all Grade 1 students. Soon the Province of Alberta began providing seedlings to all Grade 1 students in the entire province and the tradition continues today. Students plant their seedlings and celebrate the great gifts trees provide.

The Forestry section of the City of Edmonton wanted to create a very special day to learn about trees, so they took it one step further by creating a "tree-rific" day of learning and fun for Grade 1 students.

Edmonton’s Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the Friday prior to May 10.

Did you know?

  • Each year about 15,000 children receive seedlings in Edmonton
  • The first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska City in 1872 and an estimated 1 million trees were planted

Read more about who started Arbor Day and why.

Check out these fun ideas to celebrate Arbor Day!

Arbor Day Tree Stories

Many Edmonton children grew up with their Arbor Day trees right in their front yard. Some people even moved their trees when the family moved to a new house! Read some local Arbor Day tree stories and share your own.

Differences between White Spruce and Lodgepole Pine seedlings—the most common tree planted by Grade 1 students on Arbor Day.
Types of trees to plant to celebrate Arbor Day, including best locations and seedling placement methods.

Planting Locations

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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