A Look Back at Our 30th Annual Arbor Day Celebration

On March 11th, 2017 over 350 tall and small volunteers, from around the South Bay, gathered in El Segundo to dig into the local community. Tree Musketeers has always focused on planting as well as caring for trees to ensure they reach maturity, which is when they will provide the biggest benefit for the local environment. So this year’s Arbor Day Task Force decided to plant 10 trees, care for another 200 Trees to the Sea along Imperial Highway and add an activity never done by Arbor Day volunteers before at Tree Musketeers – pruning! Several dozen trees were pruned by volunteers in small groups, all led by certified arborists and tree care professionals. The aesthetic results were immediate and the long-term impact for the trees will become more evident as time goes on.

Lunch, as always, was provided by our event sponsor Chevron, while dessert and some drawing prizes were given by other local businesses. We would like to give a big thank you to all of our sponsors!

Did you miss Arbor Day? Check out just a snippet of all the wonderful work our volunteers accomplished during the event!

Marcie The Marvelous Tree Books for Sale!

Marcie the Marvelous Tree is the true story of a young sycamore tree planted in 1987 by 13 Brownie Scouts who founded the youth environmental organization Tree Musketeers. Just when Marcie thought no one would adopt her from the tree nursery, her special friends from Tree Musketeers came along, planted her, and gave her plenty of tender loving care. As we learn about the hardships Marcie endured as a young tree, we also learn valuable lessons about trees and their function in maintaining a healthy environment for the Earth. This book is a delightful way for children to learn about how kids can make a difference. Illustrated and includes a glossary of environmental terms.

English and Spanish versions are available.

30 Years of Growing Youth Leaders & Trees!

We bid you farewell…

After 30 years of growing young leaders and trees in El Segundo, California and around the world, Tree Musketeers is closing its doors on April 30th, 2017. To read our news release please click here.

Everything Must Go!

We will be holding an office sale, so please stop in!

  • Office Sale: April 17th-21st, daily 10am-6pm
    • Location: 305 Richmond St. in El Segundo, CA 90245

Electronics & Appliances include:

  • Lenovo Laptop G50-45
  • Dell Laptop Latitude E6420 (available 4/24)
  • OBS, iMac, 24-inch Early 2008 (available 4/20)
  • Brother HL 2230 Printer
  • HP LaserJet 200 M251 PCL 6 (available 4/21)
  • Canon Imageclass MF4350d Laser Multifunction Printer Super G3 (available 4/24)
  • Altec Lansing PC Speakers AVS200 (2 pair)
  • Fans
  • Minifridge
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Pot
  • Digital postal scale

Marcie Books:

In 1987, 13 Brownie Girl Scouts planted a root bound California Sycamore in their Hometown of El Segundo, CA. They named her Marcie the Marvelous Tree, and she inspired the founding of TREE MUSKETEERS. Marcie has really lived up to her name becoming a local landmark, published journalist, video star, a friend to all youth and has even written her own biography! She is an expert on environmental issue and she also gets fan mail.

Get a copy of this triumphant tale of a tree who defied the odds and now stands tall as an international symbol of youth leadership.

We have 1000 copies of the Marcie the Marvelous Tree book available at the our headquarters in El Segundo for $6 each. Some are even in Spanish. Get your copy here.

Kids Earth Day Cards:

Kids’ Earth Cards were created by kids who care about the environment. Each uniquely drawn card inspires an appreciation of nature and the planet. A set of 12 is $10.

Thank you for your support throughout the years.

Treely yours,
Tree Musketeers

Arbor Day is on its way!

What is Arbor Day? Arbor Day is a day to celebrate, plant and care for trees. Arbor Day is Tree Musketeers’ largest annual event, with hundreds of volunteers participating.

When is Arbor Day? We will next celebrate Arbor Day on March 11, 2017.  In California, Arbor Week is observed in March. National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, but most states however plan it to coincide with optimal planting season. To know where your state celebrates Arbor Day, visit this interactive map.

AD TShirt PhotoWhat can you do?

Volunteer! Use the form below to sign up to volunteer with us on Arbor Day.

Sponsor a tree! Sponsor the planting of new trees or care for years to come. A donation as small as $7 for children and $12 for adults will get you the official Arbor Day T-Shirt! Check out individual sponsorship levels here.

Sponsor the event! Sponsorship packages are available for $600 to $12,000. How much impact will you have? Become a sponsor here.

Be a Leader!  All volunteer teams will work under the direction of trained Youth Planting Supervisors who are supported by Adult Partners. More are needed, so if you are a trained YPS or APT sign up ASAP by emailing volunteers@treemusketeers.org!

Arbor Day is all about giving back to the community and its trees – it cannot happen without you! We promise you a day of fun, hope and greening the community.

Please email volunteers@treemusketeers.org to see whether we can accommodate your volunteers.

The Endangered – Giraffe

By Sebastian Hanson, Youth Manager

Known for their peculiar appearance, Giraffes are the tallest land-based mammals and don orange and brown splotches on their fur. They stand around fourteen to nineteen feet tall and typically weigh about 1800 pounds (female) and 2600 (male). Always seen as a funky animal showcased at the zoo, the Giraffe has been facing survival struggles in recent times. Their population has declined by a shocking forty percent over the past thirty years and continues to face the threat of extinction today.

The Endangered – Orangutans

By Nk Soon, Youth Manager
Humans are known to be unique, one of a kind, but are we really? Orangutans are one of humankind’s closest relatives. We share about 97% of the same DNA and both humans and orangutans are born with the ability to think and reason. Orangutans have also been seen with tools and spurring huge leaves as umbrellas. They are also the only one out of the four great apes to come from Asia.

The Endangered – Beluga Whale

By Alison Stosser, Youth Manager

Whistles, squeals, moos, chirps, and clicks might not be the sounds that you think that a whale could make. However, one whale can make all of those sounds, the Beluga Whale. With their highly carnivorous diet and adorable, unique appearance, Beluga Whales are smart and interactive.

The Endangered – African Wild Dog

By Victor Ayaay, Youth Manager

The African Wild Dog is definitely not a ‘friendly dog’. These wild canines that have been endangered for more than 20 years are one of the most endangered mammals, as less than 7,000 of them remain in the wild. The African Wild Dog typically lives up to 12 years, and grows to be 60 pounds and around 35 inches. Strangely, they have four toes on their feet instead of the normal five. With spots and white, red, black, brown, and yellow fur, you would never find one African Wild Dog identical to another. These Dogs like to be social and live in packs with up to 40 dogs in it. They live in Africa, especially around Southern Africa.

Chevron Invests in Clean Air

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It’s a Family Affair! Chevron employees and their kids at Arbor Day 2016

Tree Musketeers has always been proud to call Chevron its partner, and some recent news makes it even clearer to the outside world why an environmental organization would take such a stand.

The El Segundo refinery has just completed over a $1 billion in projects to enhance environmental performance and safety. Further, Chevron El Segundo earned the title of safest operating refinery in the country upon receiving the 2015 Distinguished Safety Award from the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association. But wait, there’s more! Chevron was also honored by the Project Management Institute with the Project of the Year award. Congratulations are justly deserved.

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Chevron Volunteers and Youth Managers plant a tree at the 2009 Arbor Day Celebration

Chevron was Tree Musketeers’ first corporate donor, and has remained one of its most generous financial partners during the intervening 30 years. Beyond the annual donation check and serving on committees, Chevron contributes in-kind goods and services on a meaningful level, and its people are always visible among volunteers at events.

To empower young people to be environmental leaders