Rochester Hills Celebrates Arbor Day - 33 Years as Tree City USA Community!

Tree planting to honor 200th anniversary of Stoney Creek Village

Mar 28, 2023, Rochester Hills, MI - Celebrate Arbor Day with Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett and City staff at the annual Tree Planting Ceremony at 4pm on Friday, April 28, at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

The City will be planting a Black Walnut tree at the Museum, helping to recreate the historic landscape on the park grounds. The tree is symbolic in many ways, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Stoney Creek Village as well as the City’s 33rd consecutive year as a Tree City USA community. This is also the 8th year receiving a Growth Award for going above and beyond.

“It’s an honor to be celebrating 33 years as a Tree City USA community,” said Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “As the first and only community in Michigan to participate in the Community Canopy program through the Arbor Day foundation where we provide free trees to residents to plant on their private property, we understand the valuable role our tree canopy plays in our community and are excited to see it continue to grow.”

Following the planting of the tree by an area Boy Scout Troop, visitors will enjoy light refreshments and explore the Museum grounds, buildings, and displays. Everyone who attends will also receive free tree seedlings.

During the week leading up to Arbor Day, City team members will provide seedlings to local elementary schools to help promote the importance of trees and add to our community canopy. As one of over 3,000 communities across the country recognized as a Tree City USA, the City of Rochester Hills is proud to celebrate it’s years of dedication to tree planting, conservation, and environmental stewardship.

The City promotes planting through multiple annual free tree planting programs including the Arbor Day’s Community Canopy Program. Info on this program can be found at

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road. The Museum is open for public drop-in hours on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 3pm. A guided tour of the Van Hoosen Farmhouse takes place at 1pm. For more information about the Museum, CLICK HERE.

About the City of Rochester Hills

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Voted one of the top places to live by several sources including CNN Money magazine, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology; the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger. As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at


March 28, 2023, City of Rochester Hills Mayor's Office,

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