Happy Arbor Day: 15 Ways to Celebrate!

hugWhile I was relishing in my earlier freedom, I forgot today is holiday…Happy Arbor Day!

It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. With Earth Day earlier this week, I feel like poor Arbor Day often gets overlooked in its importance.  Planting a tree is no small task and is one of the best things we can do for a deforested earth. It is an act of optimism and kindness, a labor of love and a commitment to stewardship.

While these ides may come too late in the day, you have the whole weekend ahead of you!

15 Fun Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day

  1. Raise the flag, strike up the band, make Arbor Day fun. Make it memorable. Decorate your house.
  2. Organize a beautification project in a public area.
  3. 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.
  4. Hold a poster contest, or a poetry contest.
  5. Fill the air with music. Have an Arbor Day concert of songs about trees, or with tree names in their titles.
  6. Sponsor a tree trivia contest. Give away trees to winners.
  7. 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.
  8. Tell people to take a hike — a tree identification hike — and have girl scouts or boy scouts act as guides.
  9. Dedicate a forest, or a tree, or a flower bed in a park, and make it an occasion to talk about stewardship.
  10. Get a local nursery or garden center to hold an open house. Organize an Arbor Day Fair.
  11. Encourage neighborhood organizations to hold block parties and get their members to adopt and care for street trees in front of their homes. Pass out buttons. Give away trees.
  12.  Read a book about trees. Learn to identify trees in your yard and neighborhood.
  13. Enjoy the outdoors. Visit a local park or take a nature hike.
  14. Attend a class on tree and plant care.
  15. Volunteer with a local tree-planting organization. You’ll meet new people and make a difference in your community.

If nothing else, make a conscious effort to save our trees by reducing your own personal paper consumption – paper towels, napkins, post-it notes, gift wrapping paper, buying food in boxes or cardboard packaging or printing out emails, documents and paperwork. Or just go outside and hug a tree 🙂

Happy planting, friends!

(source: http://www.arborday.org/arborday/celebrate.cfm)

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