About the Arbor Day Foundation

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We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

This is the mission statement of the Arbor Day Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit conservation and education organization.

Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.

The impact we make on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs.

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Replanting our Forests

Habitat and forest ecosystems are restored as we help replant damaged areas of our nation's forests.

Tree City USA

More than 135,000,000 people living in more than 3,400 towns and cities benefit from cleaner air, shade, lower energy costs, and storm water control through the vital urban forest management framework provided by our Tree City USA community improvement program.

Nature Explore

Children experience enhanced learning and development as they are provided a daily connection with nature in Nature Explore Classrooms at early childhood education centers, elementary schools, and other public spaces across the country.

Learn about our other programs and our effort to make the world greener and healthier today, and for generations to come.