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Arbor day celebration with local students

2017 Arbor Day Celebration for Grade 1 Students:

May 5th at Gold Bar Park

Arbor Day in Edmonton

The City of Edmonton Arbor Day tradition began in the early 1950’s. This is when the City began distributing evergreen seedlings to all grade 1 students in Edmonton. Soon the Province of Alberta began to provide seedlings for every grade 1 student in the entire province! Now for Arbor Day, every Grade 1 student can receive a tree seedling to plant to 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's.

Edmonton’s Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the Friday prior to May 10. (2016 was an exception with Edmonton's Grade 1 class celebration held on May 13)

Did you know?

Each year over 15,000 children receive seedlings.

The first Arbor Day is help in Nebraska City. An estimated 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska during the first Arbor Day! The Tradition of Arbor Day is 144 years old!

Read more about who started Arbor Day and why!

Arbor Day Tree Stories

Edmontonians have been planting Arbor Day seedlings since the 1950's. Children grow up with their trees and some people even move their trees when they buy a new house! Read some local Arbor Day tree stories. Do you have a tree story to tell us? Please add it to the Arbor Day stories too!

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-4978

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