Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
Celebrate Arbor Day Every Day!



Welcome to Michigan Arbor Day Alliance!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan. Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.

MADA is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI.


Looking for information about Arbor Day in Michigan? You've come to the right place! Check out our community calendar for an Arbor Day Celebration near you or click here to learn more.

Would you like to learn the history of Arbor Day? Click here.


Would you like our e-newsletter? Email miarborday@gmail.com to be added to our list! Let us know if you would like to receive our Educator E-News or the MADA Tree News, or both!


Program Updates:

What have we been up to? Check out this year's Year in Review report to see!


We are also happy to announce the winner of the 2018 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest! The theme was Trees for Life, and we received over 90 beautiful posters our Michigan students created! Like last year, our winners were chosen by popular vote. Congratulations to Isabelle from Indian Hill Elementary for placing first! All entries are posted on our Facebook Page.

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Our 2018 Tree Planting Grant cycle is now closed! Applications were due by mail no later than April 30, 2018. Congratulations to the towns of Vermontville, Iron Mountain, East Lansing, and Burton for being awarded the 2018 grants! We are excited to help plant 82 trees this year!
Keep on eye on our Tree Planting Grant page for details on next years grant and to download an application.

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We Won!

In 2015, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance was the proud recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation's Arbor Day Celebration Award. They put together a very nice video that was featured during the awards ceremony on April 25, 2015 along with all the other fantastic award winners. You can watch the video below. And be sure to check out the Arbor Day Foundation's website for photos. We are honored to be selected by the Foundation this year. Thank you for this great award.

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Map of Previous Community Tree Planting Projects
View our tree planting locations and project details. The various tree planting locations are achieved in collaboration with local municipalities, organizations and volunteers. None of these projects would be possible without the support of our partners and volunteers. Check back for updated postings of new tree plantings throughout Michigan!

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Recent Planting Projects:

Congratulations to all of 2018's Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Tree Planting Grant recipients. More details will be added to this page as projects are completed. Check out the Photo Album to see pictures all of our plantings as well as our other events.  

Village of Vermontville

The Village of Vermontville is a thriving rural community that is home to the [78th] Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival! With nearly 30,000 visitors walking down main street, safety is a priority. The current trees lining the road have outgrown their planting areas and are up-heaving the sidewalk and blocking the view of drivers and walkers with their limb growth. The village has plans to remove these trees and repair the sidewalks. This grant will help fund the planting of 15 new trees, specifically Purple Leaf Plum and Ivory Silk Lilac trees. The new trees will provide shade for pedestrians and beautify the City.


City of East Lansing

Trees are a significant component of East Lansing's urban environment. A Tree City USA recipient for 31 years, and a Growth Award recipient of 2017, the City of East Lansing has long recognized the many benefits of its urban forest. Unfortunately, the City's urban trees have suffered the consequences of emerald ash borer; the 2013 ice storm and the wind storms in July 2016 and March 2017 caused even further damage to the tree canopy, resulting in the removal of nearly 100 more trees. This grant will assist with the project will help replant 45 trees in the parkway, island areas of streets, and in some designated park areas.


Bentley Community Schools

The students and staff at Barhitte Elementary School in Burton recently lost an iconic feature: a 200 year old Oak tree. Not only was this beautiful local landmark removed after it became diseased, but it also took way the only shade cover for the entire playground. The community was determined to provide shade for their students but to also dedicated a new woodland are to coincide with their nature-based curriculum and new outdoor learning area. This grant will help to cover the cost of planting 9 Maple and Redbud trees.


Lake Antoine Park Partners

Lake Antoine is a popular 48 acre County Park with 3,000 ft of waterfront access located in Iron Mountain. Campers from the 90-site County Campground along with park visitors have recently complained about the vehicle noise from the logging road located just outside the park. The community would like to plant trees to create the backbone of a sound barrier with plans to expand the length and add native shrubs in the future. This grant will help to assist with the planting of 13 trees, including Red Maple and White Spruce to assist with the already present Oaks and Pines.


A BIG Thank You to all our partners and sponsors who make the State Arbor Day Celebration a success: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, ITC, MSU Federal Credit Union, Ingham County Parks & Rec., Potter Park Zoo, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Forestry & Public Service-City of Lansing, Consumers Energy, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Van Pines Nursery, Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association, Metropolitan Forestry Consultants, Inc., the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Michigan Humanities Council, and Williams Farm Machinery.

We would also like to thank all the volunteer presenters and their organizations for making the State Arbor Day Celebration a wonderful event!