“Each generation takes the earth as trustees” J. Sterling Morton, Founder of Arbor Day
In my home state of North Carolina, Arbor Day is recognized on the first Friday after March 15th. Though the national day is the last Friday in April, the date can vary by state based on the best time of year for tree planting. Regardless, the mission of the Arbor Day Foundation is the same – to “inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees”.
With Spring in the air, here are a few ideas to get you going.
- Plant: Aside from your local nursery, The Arbor Day Foundation offers a wide variety of trees as well as great information as to what is the best type of tree to plant for a certain geographic area.
- Give Locally: If you’d rather give a tree, there is TreeGivers , offering a nice way to honor someone. TreeGivers will plant a tree in the state of your choice plus send an acknowledgment to the recipient. From my personal experience, customer service was top notch and very prompt.
- Give Internationally: Mokugift enables anyone to plant a tree for a friend for $1. The company is an official partner of the United Nations Environment Program and the trees are planted in Central America, Africa, and Asia. The experience is like sending an e-card. The recipient can display their trees online on Facebook and other popular sites.
- Volunteer: If you have the time, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities with your local tree planting organization. Check in here to search for opportunities in your state.
- Explore: Finally, what trees are right in your own backyard, neighborhood or wherever you might be traveling? Grab your child and download an app to help identify what’s in your area. Leafsnap is a free iPhone/iPad app that allows you to take a picture and then searches its inventory of trees to match up. Arbor Day Foundation offers What Tree is That? app for $4.99. The Audubon Society also offers a Tree Identification Guide app which will also allow you to track and annotate your sightings in the Journal feature. Geolocate your sightings on a map, record date, add notes and then share with friends via Facebook and email. We are old-fashion fans of the hard copy version of the Audubon Field Guide to Trees and I enjoy watching my son sift through the pages to find the answers he is looking for. Whatever your guide of choice, this is a great way to spend a little time in nature with your children or grandchildren.
What other ideas do you have to honor Arbor Day in your neck of the woods?