ArborFest

Get ready to plant some trees!

We’re celebrating Arbor Day and kicking off our 2024 spring tree planting season with ArborFest in partnership with the Mayor’s Greening Initiative.

Join us at:

Martin Luther King Park
1200 M.L.K. Jr St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Friday, April 26
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 27
9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 -4:00 pm

What is ArborFest?

Each Spring and Fall, Friends and the Grand Rapids Forestry Department rally the community to plant trees! Our goal is to plant 15,000 new trees throughout the city as part of our goal to have a 40% tree canopy.  

Community and corporate volunteers come together to plant 300+ trees in a different neighborhood each year in an effort to achieve 40 percent tree canopy cover.

Interested in sponsoring our spring and fall community tree plantings? Check out our sponsorship opportunities!

Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors

AHC Hospitality

Bartlett Tree Experts

Bloom Credit Union

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Mammoth Distilling

MSU Federal Credit Union

Rehmann Financial

The Williams Family

TowerPinkster

2023 ArborFest Photos

ArborFest in the News

WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin
How Grand Rapids parks group plans to add 350 trees to city's canopy for Earth Day
It's All About The Trees

ArborFest in the News

We planted 201 trees with over 400 volunteers and over 1,200 hours of work at last year’s ArborFest!

We planted 54 different tree species in the public planting strip in 2023. The reason why planting so many different species is important is because it ensures that if any one tree gets sick or is exposed to a pest or pathogen, the likelihood of that pathogen or pest spreading is limited if the tree is surrounded by different species.

This allows for single impacted trees to be dealt with vs. losing entire blocks of trees that happened during the twin crises of Dutch Elm Disease in the 70s and Emerald Ash Borer that decimated urban forests in Grand Rapids in the late 00s. The diversity of species also provides more opportunities for healthy pollinators and healthy habitats for birds and other fauna.