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.
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.
We are happy to announce that MADA has received a grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation for 2016! This funding will help us with costs associated with holding the State Arbor Day Celebration. We would like to thank the Consumers Energy Foundation for their support of our programs.
Because of this additional funding, we are proud to reinstate the Bus Stipends for our schools attending Arbor Day! Any school wishing to receive funds for transportation costs to the event must fill out and return a Bus Stipend Form which will be mailed to attending teachers. Please contact us with any questions.
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 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!
Congratulations to all of 2015's Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grant recipients. Check out the Photo Album to see pictures all of our plantings as well as our other events. For information about next year's Challenge visit our Go Green Youth Challenge and GGYC Tree Planting Grant pages.
Grand Ledge High School - completed October 31, 2015
The tree planting at Grand Ledge High School was a great example of the wonderful things that can happen when people come together for a common cause. This project was a long time in the making and would not have been possible if it were not for a lot of dedicated individuals who had a drive to see this through. An astounding 54 evergreen trees were planted near the athletic fields south of Beagle Elementary School in Grand Ledge. These trees already stand between 6 and 7 feet tall, but when mature will form a natural windbreak that will shelter the track and field and softball complex from the fierce winds, to the relief of student athletes and spectators alike. The community effort behind this planting was truly something special. Over 70 volunteers came out to help. These included parents, student athletes from the Grand Ledge boys and girls track and field team, cross country runners, archery team, coaches, and several members of the local Lions Club. With all this help all of these trees were planted in under two hours! Congratulations to all involved for a job well done.
Hartland Township - to be completed by December 31, 2015
Hartland Township is committed to sustainability and conservation of its natural resources and habitats. It is with this mindset that the township and its Board of Directors purchased several pieces of land to develop into parks for residents to enjoy year round. However, many of the mature trees in these locations had to be removed during development of the parks. The Township has recently completed the first phase of Settler's Park, creating over a mile of walking paths for public enjoyment. The funding they received this year will go toward planting trees around a new parking area, which will give shade to park patrons and help increase the overall park tree canopy. Some of the 14 trees planted also flower in the spring, adding to the beauty of the park.
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, Consumers Energy Foundation, 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!