2005 National Arbor Day Awards
Arbor Day Celebration Award
The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee, Fairbanks, Alaska
Started in 1983, the committee planned what is thought to be the first public Arbor Day celebration in the interior of Alaska and the farthest North Arbor Day Celebration. With four original members still active in the committee, the focus of the celebration has always been on school children. The committee distributes trees to schools each year and participates in tree plantings during school Arbor Day celebrations. They also plan a larger scale celebration with mayors from Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the City of North Pole.
Arborfest 2004, Grand Junction, Colorado
Arborfest 2004 — Grand Junction's Arbor Day Celebration, Grand Junction, Colorado. Grand Junction has developed events and community wide planting projects to keep the city's urban forest alive and strong. Providing a fun and exciting educational experience for children and adults alike, their celebration takes place over two days. The first is a student program, and the second appeals to the entire family. Planners went a step farther in 2004, combining the SouthWest Fest, which highlights farming and ranching, with Arborfest. The joint celebration attracted more than 10,000 people and made possible citywide tree plantings, hands-on demonstration areas, tree seedling giveaways, and such social events as a chili cook-off.