Arbor Day

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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 148 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 2020 was Friday April 24.

 ARBOR DAY activities
   tree Care resources & organizations

 Tree Planting

Test Your Knowledge

Take our Earth Day & Arbor Day QUIZ [PDF]!!


Tree Plantings

We love our annual tree planting for Arbor Day and we had a fun one planned with Patterson Elementary 5th Graders. We are sorry to cancel that event due to precautionary measures to combat COVID-19.


Arbor Day Proclamation: On Monday, April 20 the Mayor presented the Proclamation at our Mesa City Council meeting and he spoke by phone with SRP about their Right Tree/Right Place program. Here is the Mayor's 2020 Arbor Day Proclamation [PDF].


The Lorax Readings - Arbor Day, April 24: Each year, we normally send 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. This event has also been cancelled, but check out this video reading by Mesa Library, Miss Linde. We also love this Rap version of The Lorax by Wes Tank!


Earth Day 50 Years:1970-2020 Find 50 ways to make an impact on the planet including tree activities.


Contact Donna DiFrancesco with any Arbor Day inquiries! 480-644-3334


Tree with face


Best Links for Arizona Tree Care


-Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert*

-Landscape Watering By the Numbers*

-Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style in the AZ Desert*

-Plant Selection and Selecting Your Plants

-Planting Guidelines: Container Trees and Shrubs

-Pruning Deciduous Shade Trees

-How to Hire a Tree Expert

-AZ Nursery Association Plant Something video for Arbor Day!


contact us to get hard copies of these booklets.


Tree Programs, Organizations, & Resources


-Trees Are Cool - Mesa is giving extra dollars to our Grass-to-Xeriscape incentive recipients for planting trees. See details in the incentive application form


-Trees Matter is a nonprofit who's mission is to inspire and promote an increased tree canopy in the valley


-Arizona Community Tree Council

Arbor Day Tree Planting


City of Mesa supports safe digging when planting trees. Learn more about preventing damage to underground utilities by contacting Arizona Blue Stake.

Call 811 before you dig


SRP Shade Tree Program: provides customers up to two free desert-adapted trees (approximately 4-to-6 foot saplings) to plant in energy-saving locations around your home. 


Tree Videos from our friends at the City of Glendale: