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Celebrate Arbor Day With Us!


Contact Information

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5



Sent: 4-21-17


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-17-17

Students Celebrate Trees at Potter Park

MICHIGAN – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) invites you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day. On Friday, April 28, 2017 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for approximately 1,000 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. Volunteers from local organizations and agencies will spend the day teaching students about outdoor topics like trees, invasive species, water, and wildlife. This is also the day the official State Arbor Day Tree will be planted, with one lucky class getting to assist.

“Arbor Day is a day set aside for the trees. Trees help clean our air and water, reduce flooding, keep banks of rivers and streams from eroding, save us energy by shading buildings, improve our mental and physical health, the list goes on. They deserve at least one day all to themselves,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell. “After all, where would we be without trees?”

MADA encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day in your own way by planting a tree, volunteering at a local park or nature center, recycling, using reusable grocery bags, reading a nature-themed book, visiting a local park, or participating in a community clean-up effort. Several Michigan communities are also hosting their own Arbor Day Celebrations.  Find an event in your area on our website, and check out the Community Calendar.

The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.  J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer and journalist championed the idea of a “tree planting” holiday in the Nebraska Territory. In 1885, the Michigan Legislature resolved “that the Governor is hereby requested to call the attention of the people of the state to the importance of planting trees for ornament and by naming a day upon which the work shall be given special attention to be known as Arbor Day.” Each year the Governor and Michigan Legislature proclaim the last week in April as Arbor Week and Arbor Day as the last Friday of that week.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


Our 5th Grade Poster Contest is Back!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is happy to announce the return of the 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest!

This contest was previously organized by the national Arbor Day Foundation, with states participating at local levels. This contest ended in 2010 and we replaced it the following year with the Go Green Youth Challenge (which is where the name of this blog came from 🙂 ).

We have decided that it is time to get back to our roots, so to speak. So in 2017, we are bringing back the Poster Contest. This contest will be open to all Michigan 5th grade students – public, private, and homeschooled are welcome to enter.

Students are encouraged to use their imaginations to create an original poster design depicting the theme:  We All Need Trees.

Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place and will include:

  • A gift certificate to Acorn Naturalists for the winning students
  • A gift card for the winning teachers to purchase classroom supplies
  • A tree planting for the school or community

The deadline to enter will be March 10, 2017. Poster contest rules and entry form can be found on our website. The website also has tons of resources for teachers who want to add tree activities to their lessons.

If you have any questions about this new contest, please contact Jennifer Hunnell, Program Coordinator, at or call (517) 588-6302.

We look forward to seeing all the fantastic entries next year!


2009 Poster Contest Entry


2014 Student Contests Announced!


Contact Information

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr, Ste. 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

(517) 543-5848 ext.5

Contests for Trees Inspire and Engage

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s (MADA) Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC) program celebrates all that trees give us by engaging Michigan’s youth in community development and service-learning through a friendly, statewide competition. The program has two parts, a fundraiser and a writing contest.  K-12 students are encouraged to participate in one or both.

The fundraiser challenges students to come up with ways to raise money to plant trees in Michigan. Some ideas might be: bake sales, pop can drives, seed sales, classroom coin wars, get pledges for a walk-a-thon…the sky is the limit! The individual or team who raises the most will win a tree planting for their school or community as the Grand Prize winner. All money collected directly funds community tree plantings and statewide outreach efforts.  Also consider incorporating an environmental message in order to teach as well as fundraise.

The GGYC Creative Writing Contest seeks to engage Michigan students by getting them to explore their imagination.  All K-12 students are eligible to submit a creative writing piece of any type and tell us what it would be like “If Trees Could Talk.”  Prizes are available to students for both the fundraiser and the writing contest. 

The GGYC fundraiser runs from January 13 until March 31, 2014.  The Creative Writing Contest begins on the same date, but entries are due by mail a bit earlier, March 3, 2014.  Complete program details, rules, and entry forms can be found on our website at

Since the program began in 2011, Michigan’s youth have helped plant over 600 trees in communities across our beautiful state.  We invite you to join the cause and Go Green in 2014! 

We would like to thank everyone who participated, including our sponsors:  ITC Holdings Corp., Lansing Board of Water and Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, and WKAR.

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.  Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to Michigan communities.


MADA is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.