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Arbor day celebration with local students

2018 Arbor Day Celebration for Grade 1 Students:

May 4 at Woodcroft Park

Arbor Day in Edmonton

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, 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! Now these students can plant their seedling 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's.

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!

Arbor Day Tree Stories

Edmonton 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!

Arbor Day Tree Seedling Types

Learn about the two types of seedlings most commonly planted by Grade 1 students on Arbor Day in Edmonton.

Arbor Day Tree Planting Instructions

Instructions on how to plant and space your Arbor Day seedlings so they grow tall and thrive.

Root for Trees Planting Sites Map

Find directions, photos of the planting sites, information about the tree stand, and more.

Interactive Map

For More Information


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-4978

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