Plant A Tree For Arbor Day

Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The customary observance of the holiday is to plant a tree. On the first Arbor Day, April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted. Here are a few ideas of how you can celebrate Arbor Day:

  • Organize a beautification project in a public area.
  • Get people into action. Ask a civic or service group to promote a paper drive to gather paper to be recycled and save a tree. Use the proceeds to buy a special tree to plant in a park or other special public place.
  • Hold a poster or poetry contest.
  • Sponsor a tree trivia contest. Give away trees to winners.
  • Conduct a tree search. Ask people to find large, unusual or historic trees in your community. Once the results are in, publish a map that highlights the winners, or hold a walk showcasing them.
  • Tell people to take a hike – a tree identification hike – and have girl scouts or boy scouts act as guides.
  • Dedicate a forest, tree, or flower bed, in a park, and make it an occasion to talk about stewardship. Get a local nursery or garden center to hold an open house or field day.
  • Enjoy the outdoors. Visit a local park or take a nature hike.
  • Volunteer with a local tree-planting organization. You’ll meet new people and make a difference in your community.

Although Arbor Day is once a year, planting trees year-round and educating people about the environment is a great way to demonstrate conservation!

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.