Celebrating Arbor Day


header image
Skip Navigation LinksHome » Departments » Forestry » Celebrating Arbor Day
Arbor Day​ was first celebrated in Michigan in 1885. In 1966, Governor George Romney proclaimed the last week in April as Arbor Week and the last Friday in April as Arbor Day, helping to recognize the importance of trees to the environment and how much their beauty enriches our lives.

To celebrate Ann Arbor's 40th year as a recognized "Tree City" and toAnn Arbor's tree lined streets.JPG honor Arbor Day, the city worked with the Elizabeth Dean Trust Fund Committee​ in 2021 to plant 40 new trees in the right of way in front of 40 homes.
In honor of Arbor Day, you can donate to an organization that plants trees, such as:

Tree-related podcasts, videos, etc. 

Tree science podcast with Morton Arboretum

“Scientists at the Center for Tree Science at the Morton Arboretum and the Illinois Institute of Technology are now developing drone-based tools to collect samples, make observations and deploy sensors in the upper parts of a tree canopy. Can technology help us understand how much sap is flowing through a tree's stem or how much water that tree is using? Chuck Cannon, director of the Center for Tree Science at the Morton Arboretum, joins us to provide some answers."

The Daily podcast about the social life of forests

“Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another?"

Dendrology podcast with Ologies and J. Casey Clapp

“Do trees have feelings? How do they talk? How old can they get? Are there any tree stories that will make me cry? Spoiler: YES. Possibly the world's most enthusiastic tree expert, J. Casey Clapp, shows Alie his many tree tattoos, explains how roots communicate to each other, addresses "crown shyness" and schools Alie on the mental health benefits of tree proximity."

David Attenborough's P​rivate Life of Plants

“David Attenborough's study of the world of plants, which demonstrates, with the aid of time-lapse photography, the rich and varied ways in which they flourish."

Are Trees Sentient Beings?

“In his bestselling book, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben argues that to save the world's forests we must first recognize that trees are “wonderful beings" with innate adaptability, intelligence, and the capacity to communicate with — and heal — other trees."

Completely Arbortrary podcast

​“Completely Arbortrary is a podcast about trees and other related topics, hosted by dendrologist Casey Clapp and his tree-skeptic friend Alex Crowson."