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.

Youth Planting Supervisors: The New Class

Our Youth Planting Supervisor training on Saturday November, 5th was a great success!

We had 8 new Youth Planting Supervisor (YPS) trainees participating in both our classroom and field portions. In the morning our Executive Director Gail Church taught the classroom portion about how youth can effectively lead volunteers of all ages and how to plant trees to ISA specifications.

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In the afternoon, our Youth Manager and President of the organization Fernando led the planting portion. The 8 trainees put theory into practice, successfully planting Stella, a Pink Trumpet Tree.

2016-11-5-yps-trainees-join-hands-to-welcome-stella-the-tree-1000And finally the YPS trainees joined hands for the 3×3 Pledge which states they will do all they can to protect the tree so that it grows to give the community all the great environmental services that trees provide. These YPS trainees did an amazing job! Alison, Victor, NK, Paloma, Kate, Noah J, Noah S, Isaac, and all the rest of us here at Tʀᴇᴇ Mᴜsᴋᴇᴛᴇᴇʀs hope that Stella will bring joy to our hometown of El Segundo.

If you are between ages 10 and 17 and want to lead volunteer events with Tʀᴇᴇ Mᴜsᴋᴇᴛᴇᴇʀs, sign up for our next YPS training on January 21st, 2017!

All trained YPS will be group leaders during our 30th Arbor Day Celebration, so join us today!

Have questions? Email volunteers@TʀᴇᴇMᴜsᴋᴇᴛᴇᴇʀs.org or give us a call at 310-322-0263!

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To empower young people to be environmental leaders