Tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
Celebrate Arbor Day!
Tree Pittsburgh Celebrates Arbor Day
"Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future" -J. Sterling Morton
Arbor Day is the nation's oldest environmental holiday, began in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton as a day for individuals, organizations, and governments to reflect on the importance of trees and to plant more trees in communities. Each state celebrates Arbor Day during a time of year that is best for tree planting in their climate; Pennsylvania celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April, which is also the national holiday.
Tree Pittsburgh has been celebrating Arbor Day with Pittsburgh Public Schools and Carnegie Library branches city-wide since 2007. Sixteen elementary schools and thousands of school children have celebrated Arbor Day with Tree Pittsburgh.
Hear what elementary age students think about trees and the environment at the Hear Me Project, who recorded students during our 2011 celebration.
Watch a video, Touch the Sky, by local filmmaker Chris Ivey about what Arbor Day Celebrations look like around town:
Stay tuned and check our events page for details of Arbor Day Celebrations, April tree plantings, the Western PA Tree Climbing Competition, the Urban Forest Film Festival, tree care and more ways to celebrate Arbor Day this year!