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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.

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.