More than 100 city workers, citizens and children turned out at SL Mason Elementary School for Arbor Day.
For the 25th year now, the city is recognized as a Tree City USA for its plush forests and landscape.
Officials say preservation through education is the city's motto.
"We want to preserve trees but we understand that development is important for our economy," said Kevin Conrad, with the Valdosta Tree Commission. He added, "But we feel that we can have a nice balance between preserving and development."
National Arbor Day is celebrated on April 29.
Georgia and a few other states observe it the earliest.