Celebrate Arbor Week


Arbor Week is the celebration of trees and the many environmental, health, social and economic benefits that they provide to our community. Edmond celebrates with events throughout the last full week of March, which falls during the week of March 21st-27th in 2021. In light of public health concerns related to COVID-19, the Urban Forestry Department has planned several socially distanced activities so that Edmond residents may take part in the celebration safely. See below for ways to get engaged in Arbor Week activities.

Celebrate Arbor Week

Participate in the Urban Forest Scavenger Hunt

The Urban Forest Scavenger Hunt is a family-friendly activity that Edmond residents may participate in to learn about trees, spend time in nature, and win prizes! Kicking off during Arbor Week, the scavenger hunt will include fourteen tree stations, located in public spaces such as Downtown Edmond and local parks. Each station has educational content surrounding a theme, and participants can submit an entry at each station they visit in order to place their name in a drawing for a variety of tree-related goodies. View the scavenger hunt page for more information.

Pick Up a Free Tree

Tree Distribution Event
On Saturday, March 27th from 9 AM to noon, Urban Forestry will host a drive through tree distribution for Edmond residents at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center. 525 trees will be available in sizes ranging from 1 gallon to 3 gallon containers, and species will include Exclamation plane tree, Princeton elm, sweet gum, sawtooth oak, weeping willow, parrotia, Bracken’s Brown Beauty magnolia, Ivory Silk tree lilac, and Holmstrup arborvitae. Participants are asked to bring a copy of their Edmond utility bill to show proof of residence. Due to COVID-19, customers picking up a tree are also asked to stay in their vehicles and wear a mask/face covering. Volunteers will be wearing masks and taking safety precautions.

Tree Seedlings in Downtown Edmond
Urban Forestry is partnering with the Downtown Edmond Business Association to offer free tree seedlings at businesses in Downtown Edmond during Arbor Week. Participating businesses include Silver Leaf Gems, Broadway Antiques, Nelson Law, Edmond Outlook, Fields Jewelry, Evoke, Nashbird, The Coop, Rumors Salon, Autoworks, Essence of Nature, Weathers TV, Frenzy Brewing, Bison Creek Clothing, and Oklahome Homebuilders. Stop by one of these locations starting on March 23rd to pick up a seedling.

Attend an Urban Forest Stewardship Class

Urban Forestry is partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department this spring on a series of classes to take place in various Edmond parks. Learn basic tree identification skills and urban forest stewardship through exploration of the trees within a specific park. Understanding how to be good stewards of our beloved outdoors is as much a part of enjoying them as is all the activities we love. The first class will take place on March 25th in Bickham-Rudkin Park. Space is limited, and registration is required. Reserve your spot through Edmond Parks and Recreation Programs.

Visit the Arbor Day Art Show

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 2021 Arbor Day Art Show will be on display at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard), from March 12-April 17. Thank you to this year's sponsors and partners of the Arbor Day Art Contest: Edmond Historical Society and Museum, Citizens Bank of Edmond, Edmond Public Schools, Edmond Visual Arts Commission, and Edmond Urban Forestry Commission.

Plant Trees or Care for Your Trees at Home

Arbor Week is a great time to plant new trees and provide care for existing trees in your yard. View the links below for resources to use when planting and performing maintenance on your trees.
  • How to Plant a Tree – Planting technique has a significant impact on tree growth and survival. Learn how to properly plant a tree through this Essentials video.
  • Proper Mulching Technique – Learn how to give your trees the benefits of mulch while avoiding techniques that can cause greater harm.
  • Pruning Young Trees – Late winter/early spring before buds open is a great time to prune trees to improve branching structure and remove defects. 
  • Hire an Arborist – Poor maintenance practices can have a lasting effect on trees, causing unnecessary stress and less than optimal branching structure. Especially after the impacts from the 2020 ice storm, Urban Forestry recommends entrusting your trees to an ISA Certified Arborist for major pruning or removal needs.
  • Test your Soil before Fertilizing – People are often tempted to fertilize their trees regularly, under the belief that all trees need it. However, this should only be done when a mineral deficiency has been identified through a soil test, to prevent harmful effects of applying minerals in excess, such as reduced resistance to pest infestations. Soil samples may be sent off through a local county extension office to determine any needs for amendments.

Kids Resources

In addition to joining in the Urban Forest Scavenger Hunt activity, here are some fun educational tools and activities for families to enjoy at home, or for teachers to use with their students: