Boulder has been named a “Tree CityUSA” for the 28th consecutive year, and the University of Colorado Boulder has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA for the 2nd consecutive year by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in honor of their commitment to community forestry.
The City of Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry unit and staff from the University of Colorado at Boulder are teaming up to celebrate the Arbor Day season with several tree-related events, from April 16 through May 22.
Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 27
Children’s artwork celebrating Arbor Day will be on display in the Marcelee Gralapp Children’s Library at the Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. The artwork was created by Kelly Turnquist's fifth grade students at EisenhowerElementary School.
Wednesday, April 18
to - Students from EisenhowerElementary School will plant 10 trees with BoulderParks and Recreation Urban Forestry staff in ArapahoeRidgePark (Eisenhower Drive, south of Arapahoe Ave.).
Sunday, April 22
to - The Rocky Mountain Friends of Nepal will plant three Himalayan white pine trees with BoulderParks and Recreation Urban Forestry staff in the HaertlingSculptureGarden, located at Canyon Boulevard and 9th Street. The tree planting celebrates the Nepalese New Year.
Friday, April 27
- CU-Boulder will be presented with the Tree Campus USA designation and will celebrate with the planting of 20 trees of varying species, donated by the Arbor Day Foundation. The event is free and open to the public, and will begin at the Norlin Quadrangle, southwest of the EatonHumanitiesBuilding. Speakers will include campus leaders, as well as Colorado state forestry officials and the City of Boulder. The event will include refreshments and the opportunity to speak with professionals about tree care. Attendees are advised to wear comfortable shoes appropriate for potentially moist grounds.
Saturday, April 28
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Volunteers from the Boulder Yamagata Sakura Project will be planting 25 Somai Yoshino cherry trees at Martin Park (36th Street and Eastman Avenue.) with Boulder Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry staff. The trees were donated by the Boulder Yamagata Sakura Project and will be planted throughout the park. The public is welcome.
Volunteers will be served a light lunch donated by Sushi Zanmai restaurant and entertained with a Taiko drumming performance by Boulder Taiko HIBIKI.
Wednesday, May 2
to - CU-Boulder will hold a tree walk and presentation, educating participants on the history and significance of campus trees. The event is free and open to the public and will begin on the west steps outside of Norlin Library with a tour led by Senior Grounds Specialist Alan Nelson. The tour will be followed at by a reception at the CU Heritage Center in Old Main. At , Kathleen Alexander, city forester, will share her Notable Trees of Colorado presentation in the Old Main Chapel. Participants do not need to register ahead of time but should wear comfortable walking shoes.
Saturday, May 19 (Community Clean Up Day)
10 a.m. to - Boulder Parks and Recreation Urban Forestry staff will plant 18 trees at Harlow Platts Park (1360 Gillaspie Drive) with volunteers to support Community Cleanup Day.
Tuesday, May 22
- CU-Boulder will co-host a tree walk with the CU Museum of Natural History. The event is free and open to the public and will begin on the west steps outside of Norlin Library with a tour led by Senior Grounds Specialist Alan Nelson. Participants do not need to register ahead of time, but should wear comfortable walking shoes.
For more information about the City of Boulder events, call Kathleen Alexander, Parks and Recreation, at 303-441-3406. For more information about the CU-Boulder events, call Elizabeth Lock, University of Colorado Boulder, at 303-492-3117.