About Us


Mission Statement

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) promotes and facilitates Arbor Day through a progressive network for the stewardship of forestry and natural resources in Michigan's communities.

Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to communities throughout the state.


  • Free Arbor Day Educational Materials
  • Annual State Arbor Day Celebration at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing for second and third grade students
  • Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Fifth Grade Poster Contest - new for 2017
  • National Arbor Day Foundation Fifth Grade Poster Contest for Michigan -discontinued in 2010
  • Go Green Youth Challenge program and associated tree plantings - Go Green Youth Challenge contests discontinued in 2016
  • Annual Arbor Day events directory
  • Provide municipalities, libraries, parks or individuals with ideas for hosting an Arbor Day Celebration
  • Provide network opportunities to organizations that can offer Arbor Day assistance
  • Promote Arbor Day and the importance of trees at seminars, workshops, tradeshows & conferences


Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Committee Members

Jennifer Hunnell
State Program Coordinator 

Kevin Sayers 
Michigan Department of Natural Resources 

Irene McDonnell Cahill 
City of Lansing Forestry, Parks & Recreation 

Sue Spagnuolo 
Eaton Conservation District 

Bob Cool 
Metropolitan Forestry Consultants, Inc. 

Annie Kruise 
Arboriculture Society of Michigan 

Kay Lancour 
Consumers Energy 

John Rademacher
Lansing Board of Water and Light

Jerry Platte

Lauren Kotlarczyk
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

Cynthia Stump
ITC Holding Co.

Luba Sitar
ITC Holding Co.

Nancy Carpenter
Executive Director (retired)
Arborculture Society of Michigan


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!

Thank You to our Go Green Youth Challenge Sponsors!