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Georgia Arbor Day 2022 Celebration Week Events

Trees Atlanta Celebrates with a Week of Events:
February 14 – 20, 2022

 

Trees Atlanta celebrates Georgia Arbor Day with a week-long series of events, including daily events such as free tree Seedling Adoption, classes, and tree planting projects in the founding spirit of Arbor Day!

We are super excited to share with you a week of events and will post the schedule online. Visit treesatlanta.org/georgiaarborday for updates.

Come back to view the full calendar of events as they are added.

 

​Monday, Feb. 14 – Hug a Tree!

Love is in the air! Tree appreciation and affection, that is! Find a tree in your yard, neighborhood, or nearby park and give it a big ol’ hug! Trees love being hugged and appreciated, too! Post a photo of your favorite tree hugger hugging a happy, loved tree. Use the hashtag #hugatree and tag @TreesAtlanta and @ArborDayFoundation . We’ll select a random post and notify the winner to pick up a fun Trees Atlanta gift!

 

Tuesday, Feb. 15 – Does Your Tree Equity Score Make a Difference? A Multi-City Panel Discussion.

What is a “tree equity score” and how does it affect us? A nationwide database known as the Tree Equity Score was released by the American Forests in 2021 to fanfare among tree advocates, urban planners, and environmentalists. Yet, do we really understand what the data say? If we do, what can we do with the information? What should be our priorities and why? This multi-city virtual panel discussion will be moderated by Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director, Greg Levine. The panel includes experts from:  Trees for Houston, Trees for Seattle, City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and Trees Pittsburgh, as well as one of the creators of the Tree Equity Score from American Forests. Please register to attend in this virtual event.

 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 16 – Why Should You Plant an Oak Tree?

Take some time on your own to learn why we should all plant oaks. Discover the many different oaks found in Georgia and how you can incorporate them into your own neighborhood by watching this video: All About Oaks, featuring Trees Atlanta educator Andrew Nelson. View this recent interview with renown entomologist Dr. Doug Tallamy and Sally Sears. Dr. Tallamy explains why oaks are such an important component of our environment.  Find more videos on how to plant and maintain trees here.

 

Thursday, Feb. 17 – Student Art Contest Winners Announced

Student entries are due by Friday, 2/4/21 and winners will be announced on Thursday, 2/17/21.
To review contest guidelines and rules, scroll below or click here.

 

Thursday, Feb. 17 & Friday, Feb. 18 – Seedling Adoption

10am-3pm | Murphy Crossing | More info
Select from the following seedling species: Redbud, Southern Red Oak, Persimmon, Witch Hazel

 

Friday, Feb. 18 – Speaker Series: Author David Haskell

7pm-8:30pm | Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center | More info and Register
Best-selling author, David Haskell, will talk about “Trees, People, and Cities: Ancient and Modern Connections”. This is an in-person event at Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center.

 

Student Arbor Day Art Contest

The 2022 theme is: “Happy Trees, Happy Me!”

Each year, Trees Atlanta hosts an art contest focused on trees for Georgia Arbor Day. Art should reflect the student’s personal interpretation of this year’s theme.

Requirements for submission:

  • Submit for consideration in one of these three categories of media:
    Painting and Drawing
    – Writing
    – Video and Photography
  • Artist must be a student K-12
  • Original piece created by one student (credit must name one student)
  • Entry must be accompanied with artist information, including: full name, grade (or age), school name and address
  • Deadline for entry: must be received by Friday, February 4, 2022
  • Winners will be notified by February 17, 2022

Send your entry to: 

  • By email, send to sabrina@treesatlanta.org
  • By mail, use the address below:

Trees Atlanta
Attn: Georgia Arbor Day Contest
225 Chester Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30316

Prizes!

Winning submissions will be posted to Trees Atlanta’s website. The overall winner and the category winners will receive prizes valued between $100-$150. Teachers who submit winning student art will also receive a prize for their classrooms! 

Downloadable PDFs

Take a look at the winners from 2021 Georgia Arbor Day Art Contest.

 

Why is Arbor Day in February? Isn’t it in April?

 

National Arbor Day is celebrated in April.  What you may not know is that each state celebrates Arbor Day from January to May depending on the regional season for planting trees.

The State of Georgia celebrates its Arbor Day on the third Friday in February. In 2022, Georgia Arbor Day is Friday, February 18.

It is a day to reflect on the importance of trees in our state and across our nation. Scientific research is increasing adding to the evidence that trees are essential to global environmental health. So go plant a tree, play outside, enjoy the beauty of trees, create art inspired by trees, or honor trees in any way that pleases you!

 

History of Arbor Day

Arbor is the Latin word for “tree”, and Arbor Day is a celebration of trees! “The History of Arbor Day“, as written by the Arbor Day Foundation says:

Arbor Day was officially proclaimed in 1874 by Nebraska’s Governor, Robert W. Furnas, and the day was observed April 10 that year. In 1885, Arbor Day was named a legal state holiday in Nebraska, and April 22 was selected as the date for its permanent annual observance.

Historical photo of Arbor Day
Source: Arbor Day Foundation