What is Arbor Day?
Arbor Day is a day dedicated to appreciating, planting and caring for trees. The holiday was proposed by J. Sterling Morton when he moved to the area that is now Nebraska only to find virtually no trees. Morton planted trees around his home but wanted to encourage others to do the same. Prizes were even awarded to counties and individuals who planted the most trees on Arbor Day – a tradition that continues today with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Arbor Day Awards.
When is Arbor Day?
Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April in Nebraska and many surrounding states, but in other states, Arbor Day is observed on different dates according to their beset tree-planting times. Find out when your state observes Arbor Day by clicking here.
In Nebraska, Arbor Day falls on April 29 in 2011.
How do people celebrate Arbor Day?
Arbor Day is only a state holiday with state government office, school and some store and business closures in Nebraska. People celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees, but that’s not the only way you can celebrate trees and nature. Go on a hike, read a book about trees or dedicate a forest with your community. Find more ways to celebrate Arbor Day by clicking here.
Sources: timeanddate.com, arborday.org Photo Source: Monobi via Wikimedia Commons