Did you know that Arbor Day started because trees were needed as windbreaks to keep soil in place? This holiday can be traced all the way back to January 4th, 1872 in Nebraska. On this day there were prizes handed out to cities that were able to plant the biggest amount of trees. Schools would have each student plant one tree and for the rest of the year that grade was responsible for those trees. This base of community support for trees is why Arbor Day is so famous. It is important in our ecosystem to have an abundance of trees to stay alive so this day is extremely significant.
How can you get involved?
- Organize a tree planting project
- Check to see if your local community center is hosting any special events
- Have a big tree/oldest tree treasure hunt in your community
- Share Arbor Day posts on Social Media to spread awareness
- Read a book about trees to get informed
- Clean up areas around the trees in your community
How Do I Plant a Tree?
- Find a good planting spot; make sure the soil is good and water can easily access this location
- Pick the right species of tree for the location you are in
- Look up planting instructions based on the root of your tree; the three types are bare root, containerized, and balled and burlapped
Information Source: https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/ways-to-celebrate.cfm