Michigan Activities for Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a national holiday that celebrates and recognizes the role of trees in our lives. It is celebrated every year on the last Friday in the month of April. The most common way to celebrate this eco-friendly holiday is to get together in groups and plant trees! There are also many events and festivities that you can take part in to celebrate this impactful day. Below is a list of fun activities for Arbor Day 2019 in the state of Michigan!

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Grand Rapids:

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative Tree Giveaway is taking place on April 26th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Roosevelt Park (739 Van Raalte SW Grand Rapids, MI).  At the event, they will be giving away 100 free trees to Grand Rapids residents. No RSVP is necessary, but the trees will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis to Grand Rapids residents only. The 5-gallon trees are sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts and are in high demand so please come early to pick out your tree! Representatives from Bartlett along with members of the Mayor’s Greening Initiative team will be present at the event to help you select the right tree for your planting space.



Visit the Potter Park Zoo (1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.Lansing, MI 48912) to celebrate Arbor Day! The zoo will be hosting their annual event that focuses on the ecological, economical, and aesthetic values of forests. Potter Park Zoo partners with numerous national, state, county, and city natural resource agencies, Forestry NGOs, Michigan State University, private forest industry companies and dozens of area school districts. Come learn more about the importance of trees and how we can protect them!


Rochester Hills:

Celebrate Arbor Day in the city of Rochester Hills, a city that has been a Tree City USA community for 29 years! The Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting event will take place along the Clinton River Trail and will also recognize the trail’s 15-year anniversary. The event will take place on April 26th from 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM.


There is no wrong way to celebrate Arbor Day! Go out to a local Arbor Day event or plant a tree in your own backyard. Be sure to take time to get outside and enjoy the shade, fresh air, and other resources trees provide for us!