Georgia Arbor Day 2014

arbor dayGeorgia Arbor Day is a state holiday that recognizes the importance of planting and caring for trees. It allows us to acknowledge the value of trees in our lives and communities.

Trees Atlanta plants nearly 3,000 trees each year in this city (and in March 2014 we will celebrate having planted 100,000 trees since 1985!). Each Arbor Day we celebrate with a host of free activities that connect Atlanta citizens with the natural world.

“We are offering something for everyone this Arbor Day,” said Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director, Greg Levine. “No matter what your age or whether you are a morning or evening person, we’ve got a great way for you to say ‘thank you’ to the trees that make Atlanta home.”

Starting on Thursday, February 20th, Trees Atlanta’s Georgia Arbor Day lineup will include tree planting activities, educational school programs, and a major special speaker event. Check them out:

  1. Register to attend the free speaker event on Thursday, February 20th featuring Jim Robbins, New York Times science writer & author of “The Man Who Planted Trees”! Beginning at 6:00 PM, his talk is entitled “The Power of Trees and How It Can Help Save the World”, and will take place at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center 225 Chester Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. This event is free and open to the public, and for the ISA arborists out there, 1.5 CEU credits are available! More information & registration here. Special thanks to the City of Atlanta for supporting this exciting event.jim robbins
  2. Sign up for a big two-day Georgia Arbor Day planting project! On Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd, we’ll be planting more than 1,500 tree seedlings in honor of the people who donated to WABE 90.1 FM during last year’s spring pledge drive. We invite you to join us in planting hickories, buckeye, native azaleas, and oaks, as well as many small flowering trees like dogwoods, fringetrees, and redbuds. From 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM on both days, we’ll plant the seedlings at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and along Freedom Parkway. Special thanks to Alcoa Foundation for also supporting these planting projects. Sign up to help!arbor day image
  3. Register for a walking tour of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with an expertly trained Trees Atlanta docent! This tour is available every Friday and Saturday morning at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. During the approximately 2 mile tour, attendees will learn about the BeltLine including design and history, the horticultural collections of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, and experience first-hand the positive changes the project is having on Atlanta’s communities.  A walking tour is the best way to see the progress and be active at the same time! Learn more about the tour here. IMG_6516
  4. Trees Atlanta is launching educational programming that will run from Georgia Arbor Day until National Arbor Day (in April). This program will include special “Trees 101” classes in various Atlanta Public Schools. Trees Atlanta environmental education in schools

Each tree planted and cared for on Arbor Day helps clean Atlanta’s air and water, connect and beautify our communities, provide homes for wildlife, conserve energy, prevent soil erosion, and more.

For more information about Trees Atlanta and an up-to-the-minute list of Trees Atlanta’s Georgia Arbor Day programs and events, visit or call 404-522-4097.

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