Celebrate National Arbor Day – April 27, 2012

Celebrate Arbor Day 2012 on April 27

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
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About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit www.greeneducationfoundation.org to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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