Arbor Day: Tree Planting

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 from 8:30am to 11:00am (CT)


Please make sure to wear comfortable clothes (a UTSA shirt if you have one!!), closed toe shoes and a reusable water bottle with you! Our team will be providing gloves (bring your own if possible) and necessary tools for volunteering in the morning. Please make sure that you are there at 8:30 am for our short training and breakfast prior to volunteering starting at 9:00 am. 

**T-shirts, coffee and a light breakfast will be provided at a first come first serve basis starting at 8:15 am.**

Parking: East Campus Lot 3 

Please join us for these fun activities after our volunteering event:

1. Proclamation Reading starting at 10:30 am
2. Tree Adoption from 11 am-2 pm
3. Pumpkin Smash from 10 am-1 pm

For more information: 

Contact or with any questions or concerns.

UTSA will team up with the City of San Antonio to celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, November 3 at the UTSA Main Campus, East Campus 3 Lot. Volunteers from UTSA and the community will plant approximately 100 trees in the newly completed East Campus parking lot. Planting hours are from 8:30am to 11 a.m.

Trees will vary in species and range in size from 15- to 30 gallons. They will be furnished by COSA Parks and Recreation. COSA Parks has also offered to hold a tree adoption event on the same day.

The Arbor Day tree planting event coincides with UTSA's “Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash." That will be held on the East Campus lots as well from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features student teams who constructed catapults/trebuchets from which pumpkins are launched, and winners are determined by distance achieved. The adjacent STEM Fair will consist of tables and experiments prepared by College of Engineering and College of Science student organizations.

The nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation is a conservation and education organization with a million members, donors, and partners supporting programs to make the world greener and healthier. Its Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests. The schools must meet these five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.           

  1. Establish a Tree Advisory Committee
  2. Establish a campus tree care plan
  3. Establish a campus tree program with dedicated expenditures
  4. Establish an Arbor Day observance
  5. Establish a service learning project engaging students with projects related to trees

UTSA became a Tree Campus in the past year. We are raising awareness and taking action related to conservation and the environment across our four campuses and in the San Antonio community.

For more information, contact Mei Lani Cabico May, CFM, Senior Environmental Planner, Facilities Planning & Development,

Short History of Arbor Day

On January 4, 1872, a pioneer from the Nebraska territory by the name of J. Sterling Morton first proposed a tree-planting holiday, to be called Arbor Day, at a state board of agriculture meeting. Morton and his wife loved nature and wanted to advocate for a national day where there could be an appreciation for nature. Thus, the campaign to establish Arbor Day came to life. The day was officially recognized by Nebraska Governor Robert W. Furnas on March 12, 1874. Today the most common day for the state observance is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day that day. Texas recognizes Arbor Day on the first Friday of November. Source: Arbor Day Foundation  

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