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Arbor Day Celebration: Volunteers to Plant 100 Trees

Saturday, November 3 | East Campus Lot on Main Campus

COSA TreeUTSA 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 off of Valero Way. Everyone from UTSA and the community are invited to volunteer to plant nearly 100 fifteen- to thirty-gallon trees, provided by COSA Parks and Recreation. Tree planting hours are from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Volunteer Here.

The event is part of the city's 300th Anniversary--Tree Centennial--celebration.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and UTSA President Taylor Eighmy will participate in a 10:30 Ceremony including the reading of a Proclamation and planting of a ceremonial tree.

Tree Adoption: 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. COSA Parks and Recreation will give away 300 trees to members of the community. Several species of five-gallon trees will be available for adoption while supplies last. They include various oaks, sycamore, Texas mountain laurel, yaupon holly, Eve’s necklace, and more. Come get a tree to plant in your yard for Arbor Day!

The Arbor Day tree planting event coincides with UTSA's “Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash." That will be held on the East Campus Lots 1 and 2 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.

Stop by and pick up your Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash tee shirt, offered by the College of Engineering for a mere $5. Get there early to buy one with a glow in the dark moon. Proceeds support Engineers Week activities.


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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