Arbor Day

Celebrate Arbor Day in Olympia Saturday, March 17 2018

Olympia Loves Trees

Trees and forests are part of the fabric and identity of our community. In fact, Olympia has been a Tree City USA for 25 years!

Each year, the City and its partners host a variety of Arbor Day events to celebrate our community trees, honor all of the great work that has been done to maintain them, and join with citizens to plant new trees for future generations.

2019 Arbor Day Events

Olympia's Arbor Day festivities will take place Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Percival Landing (217 Thurston Ave NW). Meet at the shelter over the water for all events.

All Day Activities

  • Free Western Washington native tree, shrub and wildflower seed giveaway
  • Kid's art activities and games
  • Self-guided tour of shoreline native plants

Proper Pruning Workshop: 10 a.m.

Learn about proper pruning techniques to improve plant health with skilled professionals. Hands on demonstrations held nearby in the park.

Live Music: 11:15 a.m.

Enjoy an hour of music by local favorites the Artesian Rumble Arkestra.

Arbor Day Celebration & Awards: 12:30 p.m.

Join us for our annual celebration of Arbor Day. This year we will feature the Mayor's proclamation, presentation of the Jay Butts Friends of Trees Award, and light refreshments will be provided.

Ceremonial Tree Planting: 1 p.m.

A new shade tree will be planted near the playground area at the park.

Olympia Downtown Street Tree Tour: 1:30 p.m.

Join former Olympia Urban Forester Joe Roush on a tour looking at the street trees of Downtown Olympia. Everything you have ever wanted to know about downtown tree species, varieties and what makes a tree a good fit for planting in urban areas.


Contact Jesse Barham, Habitat Planner, at 360.753.8164 or