5 Activities To Celebrate Arbor Day

Each year on the last Friday in April, hundreds of people plant trees in observance of Arbor Day.  Planting trees is a tangible way for kids to become Plant Heroes!  Here are 5 activities to help you celebrate Arbor Day with the kids in your life.

1. Plant A Tree

The Arbor Day Foundation is your resource hub for everything you need to know about planting trees! You can order trees directly from their online tree nursery. Another great place to purchase trees is from your local botanical garden or conservation district. Most botanical gardens and conservation districts host plant sales. The money raised from the sales supports conservation work in your local area. Not sure about what type of tree to plant? We encourage you to plant trees native to your area that provide food and shelter for wildlife.

The Arbor Day Foundation’s website also features educational guides and videos to assist you in choosing the right tree for your location, suggestions for where to plant it, and instructions for planting trees properly, so they thrive. 

Group of elementary aged students holding tree seedlings in pots in front of their school.
Photo taken by Tree Atlanta Staff

Video Break: Planting Trees

2. Celebrate Arbor Day At Your Local Arboretum Or Park

Arboretums and parks across the U.S. host Arbor Day celebrations. Holden Arboretum in northern Ohio is offering free admission on Friday, April 28 in honor of Arbor Day. Visitors will receive a free tree seedling while supplies last. To find an event near you, search the Arbor Day Foundation’s Events List. 

3. Print Our Free Tree Symmetry Journal

This is a great activity for kids to learn about symmetry in nature and three iconic North American trees. This journal is available in English, Spanish and simplified Chinese. Prepare a picnic and dine al fresco underneath your favorite tree. After your meal, invite the kids to journal, identify the trees around them, and read some tree stories together.

4. Learn To Identify Your Local Trees

5. Read One Of Our Favorite Storybooks About Trees

Visit your local library to check out these classic storybooks about trees.

Written by: Jeanette M. Henderson, Plant Protection Program Coordinator

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