Alberta Forest Week


May 7-13th, 2017

Provincewide, there is a fine tradition of Alberta Forest Week and Arbor Day celebrations dating back to 1884. The spirit of Arbor Day instills the values of conservation and stewardship as well as the environmental benefits of our trees and forests. Alberta Forest Week is celebrated each year during the first full week in May.

As varying climates across the province favour tree planting at different times, Arbor Day dates vary, typically occurring during the first two weeks in May.

70,000 Tree Seedlings Delivered to Students

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will deliver close to 70,000 tree seedlings to Grade One students throughout the province during Forest Week; a long-standing tradition to teach the value of trees and their contribution to the Alberta way of life.

Check with your local municipality for more information about Alberta Forest Week and Arbor Day activities in your area.

Whitecourt Area ? May 12 to 14th - Agriculture and Forestry staff will be at the Whitecourt Trade Fair handing out tree seedlings and talking all things forestry.

Grande Prairie Area - May 4th ? (Arbor Day) Alberta Agriculture and Forestry hosts a pancake breakfast for Alberta Forest Week Volunteers; later in the day staff and volunteers will help deliver thousands of seedlings to Grade One students, with a ceremonial tree planting at St. Gerard?s school. Representatives from the city of Grande Prairie, local industry and various other organizations will be participating along with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry?s Bertie Beaver.

May 8-10th ? Walk Through the Forest will be held over three days at the Wapiti Nordic Ski Trails. Approximately 300 Grade 6 students are expected each day to visit various stations and learn about forest health, forest industries, wildfire, campfire safety and tree planting.

May 6th ? Alberta Agriculture and Forestry staff will participate in the Grande Prairie Rotary Club?s Green-A-Thon city clean-up, promoting environmental stewardship and providing seedlings to clean-up volunteers.

Peace River - May 17 - Alberta Forest Week Celebration - Normand Boucher Arboretum, 12 noon - 2 pm. Come celebrate Alberta's forests, plant a tree, learn about our forests and have a picnic lunch with Bertie Beaver. Only light refreshments will be available, so please bring your own lunch. Contact Crystal Burrows at 780-618-6215 for more information.

May 26 - Walk in the Forest 2017. Students from participating schools will be enjoying this all day outdoor educational adventure.

Edmonton - May 8 - 12 - Free lodgepole pine and white spruce seedlings are available (limited quantities) during Alberta Forest Week at the Information Centre on the main floor of the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry building, located at 9920-108 street, Edmonton.

Activity Ideas for Families and Schools

Print an event poster to advertise your own Forest Week activities.
Celebrate the week with friends and family by participating in some fun and informative activities.
Encourage learning and appreciation of our trees and forests with your classroom.
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This information published to the web on April 4, 2016.
Last Reviewed/Revised on March 21, 2018.