Arbor Day was officially celebrated April 24th this year, but let’s branch out and continue to celebrate trees! Over 135 years ago Julius Sterling Morton established the first Arbor Day celebration in Nebraska. J. Sterling Morton asked that one day was set aside to plant trees, both forest and fruit. More than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. Did you plant a tree on Arbor Day? If not, it’s not too late to get started.
Planting a tree is a wonderful custom to celebrate Arbor Day, but there are many other fun ideas for commemorating the holiday. Choose several ideas to truly get in the spirit of the occasion.
- Visit a local Arboretum or Botanical Garden and go on a “tree walk”. Pick your favorite tree and learn about its characteristics.
- Gather friends and family to clean a local park.
- Create a craft using only material found outdoors. Leaves, twigs and flowers make excellent creative supplies!
- Attend a workshop or class on tree identification, planting or pruning.
- Read a book about trees.
- Organize a search within your neighborhood for the oldest or biggest tree.
Visit the KTS booth at the upcoming Blooming Festival in downtown West Chicago on May 16, 2015. We are giving out free seedlings to all who visit our booth, first come first serve!
The ideas for celebrating Arbor Day and trees are endless. Let these ideas inspire you to start your own Arbor Day tradition, whether it’s actually on Arbor Day or another day!