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.


 Why are trees so importanWhy are urban forests so important to our economy and human health? Nationally, urban forests are estimated to contain about 3.8 billion trees, with a structural asset value of $2.4 trillion, which doesn’t include other ecosystem service benefits.

 Urban trees in the lower 48 states store 770 million tons of carbon, valued at $14.3 billion,  and remove approximately 784,000 tons of air pollution annually, with a value of $3.8 billion.

 Studies have shown that every $1 invested in urban trees results in $2 to $4 in benefits, including lowered energy costs, reduced stormwater flows, improved aesthetics, higher air quality and reduced carbon dioxide concentrations. Trees act as natural pollution filters, removing polluted particulate matter from water and absorbing nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which are all common byproducts of human activities. A single front-yard tree can intercept 760 gallons of rainwater in its crown, reducing runoff and flooding on your property.

Sources: U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture


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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

Roughly 1,000 2nd and 3rd graders and their teachers/chaperones attended this year's Arbor Day Celebration at Potter Park Zoo!

5th Grader Poster Contest

This year we had over 500 5th graders participate in our poster contest. We had 46 fantastic poster contest entries featuring the theme 'Trees for Bees' from all across the state of Michigan! Click here to view this year's entries.


Program Updates:

We are so happy to announce the winners of the 2019 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest! The theme was Trees for Bees, and we received over 46 fantastic posters from students all across the state! Like last year, our winners were chosen by popular vote. Congratulations to  Fatima Lopez Garcia from Hope Academy of West Michigan for placing first! All entries are posted on our Facebook Page.



1st place- Fatima G., Hope             2nd place- Ola A., Long              3rd place- Michaela E.,   

Academy of West Michigan      Elementary                                       Whitehill Elementary

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 The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance  partnered up with Arbor Brewing Company for the month of April to help raise money for tree plantings near wetlands, lakes and rivers! Arbor Brewing has raised money through the sale of their Treebeard IPA and donated to MADA! Trees help naturally filter our water, and we know that clean water = clean beer! We will be planting the trees and shrubs in a wetland area this spring!

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Our 2019 Arbor Day event was held at Potter Park Zoo on April 26th! 1,000 2nd and 3rd graders and their teachers/chaperones attended this year's event. If you are a 2nd or 3rd grade teacher in Michigan and would like to attend our FREE field trip next year, check our "Arbor Day Celebration" page in January for how to apply. Save the date for 2020 Arbor Day: April 24, 2020.

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Our 2019 Tree Planting Grant cycle is now closed.  Applications were due by mail no later than April 30, 2019. 2020 grant cycle will open up in February/March next year.

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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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