Arbor Day Celebration

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Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it’s celebrated in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and some U.S. territories. 

Hosted by the La Palma Community Activities & Beautification Committee and Community Services Department, the La Palma Arbor Day Celebration includes a display of entries from the coloring and art contests, Arbor Day crafts, Arbor Day Tree Sponsorship program, art contest awards presentation, and of course, planting of a new tree.  

Mark your calendars! The 2023 Arbor Day Celebration is scheduled for April 19, 2023, at 5 pm in Central Park!

Tree Sponsorship Program

We are seeking organizations and individuals to participate in the Arbor Day Tree Sponsorship program. To show your support for the community and Arbor Day celebration, please fill out the Tree Sponsorship Form and return it with your donation in any amount. All donations should be sent or brought to the La Palma Community Service Department at Central Park (7821 Walker Street), no later than April 14, 2023 to be included in the program. All sponsors will be acknowledged during the program.

We hope you will take this opportunity to participate, give back to this community and join in the Celebration on April 19, 2023. If you have any further questions, please call (714) 690-3350.

Art and Coloring Contest

The City of La Palma is honoring Arbor Day and wants you to celebrate with us! As part of the festivities, the City is hosting a coloring contest from Pre-K through 3rd grade and an art poster contest for 4th – 6th graders. The contest’s theme is “Trees are Terrific in Many Ways”. The theme is designed to inspire a greater appreciation of the variety of ways trees help us and the planet. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded at the Arbor Day Celebration.


  • One entry per child.
  • Use crayons, felt-tip markers, or colored pencils only.
  • No help from older children or parents.
  • Entries will be judged on creativity, neatness, and inclusion of theme.
  • Awards will be presented at the Arbor Day Celebration on Wednesday, April 19 in Central Park.
  • Due: Monday, April 10, 2023 to Central Park office (7821 Walker Street).

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Services office at (714) 690-3350 or

Tree City USA

The Tree City USA program is a community improvement initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit conservation and education organization, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

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The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. Each year the City of La Palma submits an application updating the foundation on the various tree projects the City has completed during the 

With the community’s support, the City is proud to announce it was again successful in achieving a Tree City USA Growth Award. In addition, La Palma has been recognized as a Tree City USA for the past 20 Years!   

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