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Arbor Day in Mississippi

Second Friday in February


Arbor Day is Friday, February 12, 2016. Tree planting festivals have been popular dating back to the earliest days of civilization. Sacred trees, planted roadsides and shaded school walks were common long before North America was discovered.  


  • Click here for a list of Arbor Day Tree Giveaways/Sales in Mississippi.



Arbor Day is purely American in origin. It was first observed in the State of Nebraska in 1872.  

 Celebrate Arbor Day

The first official Arbor Day Celebration was held in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1882, and two new elements were entered into observance. First, the day was declared a school festival, second the practice of planting a memorial tree was inaugurated. These new developments were largely responsible for the acceptance of Arbor Day over the rest of the United States.


It wasn’t until 1926 in Mississippi that Arbor Day became an official day of observance. In section 5, Chapter 161 of the 1926 Mississippi Code, the State and County Boards of Education were directed to set aside a special day each year in the public schools.


". . .on which day ornamental and shade trees, flowers, etc., are to be placed where practical on the grounds surrounding all public school houses.” Later, the second Friday in February was firmly adopted as the day on which the state would annually observe Arbor Day.



Annual Arbor Day Poster/Photo Contest

For More Information: Contact the Mississippi Urban Forest Council 

Donna Yowell (601) 672-0755 or dyowell@aol.com

The contest is hosted by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council in partnership with the Mississippi Forestry Commission, the USDA Forest Service and the Southern Group of State Foresters.