Arbor Week 2020

Arbor Week 2020

October 26-30, 2020

Arbor Day is about celebrating our urban forest and the important role trees play in making our communities safer, healthier, and more vibrant. This is the kickoff to tree-planting season in the Pacific Northwest. Although this year we will not be planting trees together in person, we have planned a whole week of virtual activities and events! Read Trees for Seattle's Arbor Week 2020 Proclamation here.

Celebratory Tree Planting

On October 8, 2020 we planted three Douglas fir trees in Judge Charles M. Stokes Overlook Park in honor of a civil rights leader and in celebration of Arbor Week. Check out highlights of this event along with comments from local community leader and the president of the Black Heritage Society of WA, Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, and hear an original tree story from Seattle's Civic Poet, Jourdan Keith. Watch the video here

Storytelling Workshop (Virtual)

Tuesday, October 27
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Free, space is limited
Register here

People throughout history and across cultures have used storytelling as a way to capture personal and shared experiences, pass along critical knowledge, and inspire others to act. Stories about trees can connect us to each other, our past, and a vision of a better future. Led by Jourdan Keith, naturalist, educator, and Seattle's Civic Poet, this free workshop will explore a creative approach toward understanding and celebrating the urban forest. 

Already have a great tree story? Share it with us! Email your urban forest memories, love letters to your favorite Seattle tree, and more to *All submissions subject to review for appropriate and non-political content.   Check out the Growing Old podcast to hear more voices from around Seattle sharing their stories, experiences, and a vision for a future where both humans and trees can grow old together.

'Ask An Arborist' Episode 2

Our team is eager to share their knowledge and experience regarding all things trees. Our newest episode tackles a common question about what approvals from the City, if any, are needed before removing a tree. You can also watch the first episode, about the bigleaf maple, here! Send YOUR questions to

Spotlight on City Light

Get a behind the scenes look at the steps Seattle City Light takes to minimize the impact of trees on utility lines and vice versa, and ways you can help!

Tree Planting & Care Webinar

Tips and tricks from the pros to make sure your tree has a long, healthy life. Recorded in September as part of our 2020 Trees for Neighborhoods residential tree planting program.

Virtual Tour of Heritage Trees

Experience some of the City's most majestic and/or culturally important trees using the Seattle Tree Walks mobile app. This virtual tour takes you across the city to check out some of our favorite Heritage Trees, including photos and detailed descriptions. Download the Seattle Tree Walks App for your iPhone or Android mobile phone, and choose the walk beginning in historic Pioneer Square.

Green Seattle Days

Want more ways to celebrate Seattle's urban forest? Green Seattle Days 2020 is coming soon! Check out the Green Seattle Partnership website to learn more.

More Ways to Connect

Sign up here for the Trees for Seattle Monthly Newsletter for Arbor Week updates and other great info about Seattle's urban forest!   

Questions? Email or call (206) 531-5842     

Trees for Seattle acknowledges this celebration of trees takes place within the traditional territories of the Duwamish and Coast Salish people, who are the original stewards of these lands and are still present today.