Mesa has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation since 2010 to honor its commitment to community forestry. Becoming a Tree City USA provides a community with a greater ability to improve community urban forests, encourage tree care and planting programs, enhance livable communities, and of course, benefit the environment.
It has been 146 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The 1st official Arbor Day was created by Morton and celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. Discover opportunities to celebrate Arbor Day below. Arbor 2018 is Friday April 27.
| Events & Tree Plantings
Arbor Day Proclamation [PDF]: This year's proclamation was written by students from Superstition Springs Elementary students.
Tree Planting: Thur. April 12: From 9-10 a.m. we'll be planting trees at Monterey Park, 7045 E Monterey Ave. in Mesa. Public is welcome.
Living Green Village: On April 14 twenty+ exhibitors will talk about green living at Celebrate Mesa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Park, 526 E Main St. in Mesa. Stop by to get a free photo at the Tree Hugging booth, visit our "Ask An Arborists" booths and we'll have tree value tags hanging around the park.
Arbor Day Proclamation Reading: On April 16, show your support by attending a City Council Meeting where students from Superstition Springs Elementary will help read the Mayor's 2018 Arbor Day Proclamation.
Arbor Day, Friday April 27: We'll be sending 12 volunteers into 24 Mesa Public School classrooms to read The Lorax and to provide Blue Palo Verde seeds (the AZ State Tree) to students for their planting curriculum. Contact us if you'd like to volunteer.
April 27: Arbor Day Tree Planting at Mesa Community College Dobson Campus at 10 a.m. just north of the Clock Tower.
City of Mesa supports safe digging when planting trees. Learn more about preventing damage to underground utilities by contacting Arizona Blue Stake.