Go Green Youth Challenge
Give a Little to Grow a Lot

Youth can make a real impact on Michigan's environment!

Have you ever wondered what you can do to build greener communities? It's simple, plant trees!

Look at all the cool things trees do:

  • Provide habitat & food for birds, wildlife, and insects
  • Provide oxygen
  • Clean water & air
  • Keep our houses cool
  • Places to play & climb
  • And so much more!

Trees can make our cities and towns great places to live. Will you help us plant trees in Michigan? Any youth, preK-12, can participate in the Go Green Youth Challenge. The best part is your participation will make a lasting impact for years to come and all you have to do is give a little!

The Go Green Youth Challenge is a statewide initiative to engage youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning by participating in a campaign to plant trees in Michigan. Youth are challenged to collect coins as an individual, classroom or club. The coins collected will fund community tree plantings, participant prizes, and program outreach efforts. Tree planting sites include school yards, cities and towns, and conservation areas such as stream bank stabilization and habitat restoration.

Youth can make a real impact on Michigan's environment! By collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars too, youth are creating a greener Michigan to live, work and play!

Here's How:

  1. Collect spare change January 13th to March 31st, 2014
  2. Have an adult write a check for the amount collected to ECD-Michigan Arbor Day Alliance. It is important that Go Green Youth Challenge is in the memo line.
  3. Print and fill out the Go Green Youth Challenge Entry Form
  4. To be eligible for the Grand Prize and Size Category Prizes donations must be postmarked by April 7th.
  5. Send your check and Go Green Youth Challenge Entry Form to:
ECD-Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
Attn: Go Green Youth Challenge
551 Courthouse Dr, Ste 3
Charlotte, MI 48813
      6.  OR you can enter our GGYC Creative Writing Contest!


Did we mention there are Incentives, Awards and a Grand Prize?!


Don't forget to tell us how you did. Send your photos, drawings, or letters to our e-mail address: gogreenyouthchallenge@gmail.com. View stories from our participants! 


Are you ready to join the Go Green Youth Challenge?   Enter a community of environmental stewards. 

Download Starter Kit Materials: Participant LetterEntry Form, Collection Jar Label & Poster to Display


Congratulations to the 2014 Go Green Youth Challenge Grand Prize winner, the Oxford Extended Day Program in Oxford, MI! Their tree planting award will take place in September so pictures will come soon.


A BIG Thank You to all our partners and sponsors who make the State Arbor Day Celebration a success: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, ITC, DTE Energy Foundation, MSU Federal Credit Union, Ingham County Parks & Rec., Potter Park Zoo, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Ayles Tree Service, Forestry & Public Service-City of Lansing, Consumers Energy, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Van Pines Nursery, Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association, Metropolitan Forestry Consultants, Inc., the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the Michigan Humanities Council.

We would also like to thank all the volunteer presenters and their organizations for making the State Arbor Day Celebration a wonderful event!

Thank You to our Go Green Youth Challenge Sponsors!