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Arbor Week Celebration
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Arbor Week is the celebration of trees and the benefits that they provide to our community, from shading our homes and streets to purifying the air and water and improving our quality of life! Edmond celebrates with events throughout the last full week of March, which falls during the week of March 20th-26th this year.

Thank you to this year's Arbor Week sponsors: Frame Master Gallery, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Edmond Historical Society and Museum, Edmond Public Schools, and Edmond Visual Arts Commission.

City Council Recognition - March 14th and 28th

March 14th:
  • Arbor Week Proclamation
  • Presentation of Tree City and Tree Line USA recertifications by Mark Bays, Oklahoma's State Urban Forestry Coordinator

March 28th:

  • Recognition of 1st-3rd place "Best In Show" Awards from Arbor Day Art Show (selected by the Edmond Visual Arts Commission)

Arbor Day Art Show
- March 12 - April 23
The Arbor Day Art Show puts on display the first-third place and honorable mention Arbor Day Art Contest pieces from each participating Edmond school. Using the theme "Trees in Our Town", students create artwork surrounding their interpretations of the community’s trees. Artwork for the 2016 Arbor Day Art Show will be on display at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum.  Visitors of the art show can enter a drawing to receive a tree throughout the duration of the exhibit.

Arbor Week Volunteer Events
Each year, Urban Forestry hosts events that involve the community with this annual celebration of trees.  Please see below for information about this year's events!

Thursday, March 24th, 4 PM: Tree Mulching at Mitch Park (SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER)
Join us as we spread mulch around trees in the West Parking Lot, on the east side of Marilyn Williams Dr across from the YMCA.  Mulch helps soil to retain moisture, regulates soil temperature, prevents erosion, and adds minerals back to the soil for absorption by tree roots.

Saturday, March 26th, 10 AM: Tree Planting at UCO (SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER)
Volunteers will plant 39 trees along the right-of-way adjacent to the large parking lot located at Baumann and Ayers on the east side of UCO campus.  Look for the green Urban Forestry tent!  Lunch will be provided for volunteers afterward.

With all events, we encourage volunteers to wear close toed shoes and bring a pair of work gloves.  We have some tools available, but if volunteers would like to bring their own shovels or wheelbarrows, they are welcome to!
 
Celebrate Arbor Week at Home Too!
Arbor Week is not just for City sponsored activities. The Urban Forestry Department encourages all Edmond residents to celebrate Oklahoma Arbor Week by planting trees at their homes for energy savings, beautification, erosion prevention, wildlife habitat, and numerous other reasons. The month of March is a great time to plant trees, while the soil is thawing and tree buds are still dormant.  Read about proper planting technique on our tree planting page.

Urban Forestry
Ryan Ochsner
Green Infrastructure Planner

Leigh Martin
Urban Forester

28 E. Main St.
Suite 201C
Edmond, OK 73034
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Ph: (405) 359-4799

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