Today is Arbor Day! Arbor Day has been celebrated since 1872. A journalist named J. Sterling Morton created this holiday to encourage people to plant trees and to raise awareness about the importance of forests and plants. The first Arbor Day took place in the state of Nebraska, and local newspapers estimated that one million trees were planted that day!
Today, Arbor Day is a worldwide celebration. People traditionally celebrate this holiday by volunteering their time to plant trees or donating money to preserve forests. Many schools typically plan a variety of Arbor Day activities like essay contests, art projects, and field trips to local parks to get kids engaged in this important campaign.
To celebrate Arbor Day, plant a tree in your yard or send a free Arbor Day eCard to friends and family. Happy Arbor Day!