Arbor Day week, yes week, is in full swing here in Oregon. Maybe it’s all the trees, or the general environmental-savvy ideals around here, but no matter what makes us do it, in Oregon we celebrate Arbor Day for the entire first full week of April each year.
Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday in April. However, some other states, along the same lines as Oregon, celebrate on their own time-table. For example, some states observe Arbor Day during a time that correlates with their specific state’s best tree-planting times.
The only way to know for sure when your specific state celebrates Arbor Day is to check the Arbor Day dates across America map.
Now if you’re wondering what you can do this Arbor Day, I like the suggestions on the Oregon Arbor Day page, which reminds us that planting trees is only part of the solution. Really, we also need to learn more about caring for the trees we have.
More fun: if you’re in Oregon you might consider Tree-Mendous Second Saturday at the World Forestry Center. On Saturday, April 9 from 10:30am – 3pm, you can celebrate Arbor Day with the center. Families can, “Enjoy crafts, learn about trees and forests of the world, and go for a guided hike in Hoyt Aboretum.” These extra perks are free with museum admission. It’ll likely be busy, but all kinds of fun.
If you’re not up for the crowds grab a Hoyt Aboretum Meet the Trees kid’s map and go on your own, non-guided tree tour adventure. The hikes on the kids’ map are well set up, fun and easy to follow – even if you’re direction challenged like me. The picture above is Cedar (or the back of his head at least) on a recent 3 mile + hike we went on at Hoyt Aboretum, and yes, we made it out alive.
- See more suggestions for celebrating Arbor Day in Oregon.
- Learn more about National Arbor Day.
- Find out when your state celebrates.
Learn more about trees!