Maria Cahill is compiling a list of Oregon Arbor Day events to publish in her newsletter. If you know of any interesting -- and open to the public -- events, post them here.
Even if you don't know of any upcoming events, I thought this might be a good place to start a discussion on IDEAS for Arbor Day events that are not the traditional tree planting. For example, in the mid-1990s, the City of Albany actually cut down some old, old, rotten bigleaf maples as a public education event during Arbor Week. It turned out to be great "PR" for the City for its efforts to keep the public safe and informed, and it helped launch the city as a Tree City USA.
The City of Prineville, a few years back, coordinated with an arborist the pruning of a large, mature tree as a public education demonstration. They also had a young tree pruning workshop taught by a member of the Master Gardener program and coordinated with the local library to highlight their books on trees for the month of April.
Here are some other ideas, thanks to WA DNR's urban forestry program:
Art projects are a great way to engage students, the business community, and families in Arbor Day and tree care education. You don't have to reinvent the wheel. The Arbor Day Foundation has curriculum materials available online at this link, http://www.arborday.org/kids/postercontest/activities.cfm. You can also create something more relevant to your community, (celebrating the grand opening of a new park or recognizing heritage trees, for example).
This news release doesn't have specifics by-city, but does list some general info on Arbor Week observations!
There are still at least two more Tree City USA presentations happening this month.
The City of Creswell is holding its Earth Day Celebration in Garden Lake Park on Friday, April 22nd from 9:00am till 3:30pm. Nearly 300 students from the Creswell School District, Creswell Christian School, and Kennedy High School are attending. Creswell will be presented with its first ever Tree City USA award by the Oregon Department of Forestry at 3:00pm.
The City of Sherwood is also holding its Tree City USA observation this Friday the 22nd at 2 p.m. The location of the tree planting where the celebration is being held is 17952 SW Inkster Drive, in Sherwood.