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.


This year, help us celebrate Arbor Day

by planting trees for bees! 

Bees and other pollinators rank at the top of the list of important insects, moving pollen from flower to flower to ensure pollination and the resulting production of many of our most important fruits and vegetables. Our supermarket shelves and dining room tables would look dramatically different if not for pollinators — especially bees. But in many areas, parasites, a lack of forage, and other factors are threatening bee health and survival. Trees’ flowers are a critical source of forage for bees, providing nutrient-rich pollen and nectar that bees use for food and to make honey. Click here to learn which trees to plant for pollinators.

Would you like to receive our monthly 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!

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Tree Planting Grant

We want to help you plant trees! Our Tree Planting Grant helps communities across Michigan plant more trees. Click here for more details.

State Arbor Day Celebration

Are you a 2nd or 3rd Grade teacher in Mid-Michigan? You and your students are invited to the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing! Click here for more details!

5th Grader Poster Contest

Calling all 5th Grade students! Flex your drawing, coloring, and painting muscles for our annual Arbor Day Poster Contest! Click here for more details!


Program Updates:

We are looking for presenters and volunteers to help out at our Arbor Day event held at Potter Park Zoo on Friday, April 26th! Click here for more details. 

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Calling all fifth graders, statewide! Masterpieces are now being accepted for the 2019 Poster Contest. This years theme is Trees for Bees! Posters and their entry form signed by your teacher and your parent are due by March 11th, 2019! We can't wait to see these works of art! All posters will be submitted online for public voting, so stay tuned!

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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 over 80 trees this year! Keep an 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. 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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What have we been up to lately? Curious as to how many students came to Arbor Day? Who presented at the Celebration? Which fifth graders won the poster contest? What communities were awarded the MADA Tree Planting Grant? And why do we love trees?!? We are officially into fiscal year 2019 (October 1 to September 31), so take a look at our Year in Review Report for 2018! We will post the 2019 review in the winter, so check back soon! 

Check out the 2017 Year in Review report!

Check out the 2016 Year in Review report!

Check out the 2015 Year in Review report!

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