Tree Campus USA

Approval Process & Timeline Information

Process: What happens after I click, “Submit?”

Tree Planting Students

When you click “Submit,” your application is held until the end of the application cycle (December 31) and then sent to your State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for their initial approval. If they have questions or concerns about the content of your application, they will get in touch with you.

Once the application meets state standards, it is sent to the Arbor Day Foundation for final review and approval.

Upon final approval, the appropriate recognition materials are gathered and shipped to your State Coordinator for distribution on a date of their choosing—generally before your state’s Arbor Day.

Timeline: When will I know I’m recognized?

Current Year

  • January–December 31 Tree Campus USA applications are submitted.

Following Year

  • January–February Applications are sent to State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinators for initial review and approval.
  • January–March Applications are sent to the Arbor Day Foundation for final review and approval.
  • March–April All campuses are notified of recognition status and recognition materials are shipped to the State Coordinators for distribution to campuses. (All materials will generally be distributed at least by your state’s Arbor Day. This date cannot be guaranteed for campuses submitting after the December 31st deadline.)