Now with 90 cities earning the Tree City USA Award in Washington, there are a lot of Arbor Day events throughout the state that celebrate the benefits and values of trees. Many communities celebrate in April; however, several cities choose to celebrate Arbor Day in the fall.

No matter the time or place, Arbor Day is always made better when kids are involved in the festivities. Here’s a quick photo re-cap of just a few Arbor Day events held in Washington this spring:

Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz
Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz join children from the Capitol Campus Childcare Center to plant a northern red oak tree on the state capitol grounds in Olympia in honor of Arbor Day. Photo by DNR
State Forester Gerry Day presents the City of Yakima’s very first Tree City USA Award to Yakima City Councilor Avina Gutierrez. Photo by DNR.
School kids come out on a sunny afternoon in Hoquiam to help the city plant several large, 3.5″ caliper silver linden trees to commemorate the city’s 10th consecutive celebration of Arbor Day. Photo provided by City of Hoquiam.
Cub Scouts from Pack 504 join forces with the City of Bonney Lake to enhance a native riparian buffer along Fennel Creek. Photo provided by City of Bonney Lake.
U.S. Congressional Representative Denny Heck from Washington’s 10th District and Washington State Forester Gerry Day pose for a quick photo during the City of Olympia’s Arbor Day event.