It’s time to start planning for a greener future and celebrate nature by planting trees for National Arbor Day! The first Arbor Day celebration was started by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872. Morton spent years advocating for the planting of trees by individuals, groups, and governments to help keep soil from eroding in the wind, provide shade, and supply new settlers with building materials. Today, Morton’s passion lives on in national and international Arbor Day celebrations.
So get involved and celebrate trees! Whether it’s by yourself, with your community, or in a classroom, use your imagination and make the best of this important holiday. Teachers across the country can celebrate by teaching new lesson topics such as the benefits of trees in science class, the history of Arbor Day in social studies, or how to measure the height of a tree in math class.
Celebration ideas go beyond the classroom and are great for communities or families, too. Show your support for creating a sustainable future by holding an Arbor Day ceremony to honor those in your community who have made an environmental difference or plant a community tree to be cared for by community members.
With National Arbor Day being held this Friday, there’s no better time to kick off your participation in the Green Thumb Challenge! Join the largest youth gardening initiative and have access to free activities, gardening resources, and standards-based lessons that connect kids with nature. Check out GEF’s website for more information and sign-up today!Post by Sarah Kilburne, GEF Programs Assistant