National Arbor Day is always the last Friday in April. However, many states in the USA, celebrate Arbor Day on different dates, that line up with the best time to plant trees in their own neck of the woods.
If you’re interested in celebrating Arbor Day, first check out the interactive Arbor Day map for ideas about how you can celebrate Arbor Day in your state. For tree huggers dwelling outside the USA visit the Arbor Day Foundation international dates page which will link you up to ideas for celebrating world-wide.
Volunteer with a local tree-planting group.
Hang a safe tire swing so you can enjoy your tree even more. I suggest you get a sustainable swing, like the Original Tree Swing (shown above) made with reclaimed wood.
Head to your child’s school and teach the kids what you know about trees. Maybe you can even work with the school and arrange for a tree planting at the school.
Go on a nature walk or hike with the whole family. Take along a small tree guide and see how many trees you can name. What Tree Is That?: A Guide to the More Common Trees Found in North America is an excellent tree guide book from The Arbor Day Foundation that uses a step-by-step approach to identify common trees of the US and Canada. You and the kids can figure out which tree is which (250 varieties in all) based on trunk bark, leaf margins and textures, pods, nuts and more.
Crafty Arbor Day tree fun:
- AMAZING flowering tree (shown above) that you can create yourself with the kids and a bunch of recycled toilet paper tubes! I love this idea.
- Free tree clipart
- A ton of free Arbor Day printables including coloring pages, word searches, games and more.
Kids can visit many fun tree related websites such as…
- The Arbor Day Foundation youth website which is nicely broken down into games, information and other resources for tree hugging kids in different age groups.
- Just for Kids – a slew of sub-sites about trees and nature.
- Drive through trees.
- The Lorax Save the Trees online game.
Read a book about trees: You can find many books about trees at your local library that are great for kids and adults. I’ve read a bunch of tree books but some stand out more than others…
- How to Plant a Tree – see my review.
- Remarkable Trees of the World – this book is amazing. 100% fascinating for kids and adults; packed with trees you’ve never seen before. It’s one of my most favorite tree books ever – I’ll have to review it here soon.
- New Treehouses of the World – not just about trees, but still a super fun book.
- The Meaning of Trees: Botany – History – Healing – Love – lovely pictures and excellent background information on a large selection of trees.
Lastly, the Arbor Day Foundation is making their wonderful Celebrate Arbor Day guidebook (pdf) available to everyone for free for the first time ever. The guide features a smorgasbord of possibilities and ideas related to Arbor Day celebrations. You’re sure to find something the whole family will enjoy.
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