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DEC Celebrates Arbor Day!

2019 winning Arbor Day poster
2019 winning Arbor Day poster

It's never too early to start thinking about planting a tree, especially if you would like to plant a tree for Arbor Day. Arbor Day is a national observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. First celebrated in 1872, it was established as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to open areas. In New York, Arbor Day is the last Friday in April.

Trees are essential to a healthy environment, helping to provide clean air and creating rich aesthetics for all. They are vital to our economy and contribute greatly to our everyday lives by providing paper for many different uses, lumber for the homes and businesses, maple syrup, fruits and nuts, decorations during the holidays, they add beauty to attract new business and tourism to our great state, as well as numerous other benefits.

Unlike other holidays, many of which honor people or past events, Arbor Day promotes a better future. Young people are our future foresters and leaders. This day reminds us to share our knowledge with today's youth of the importance of trees and how to care for them.

Celebrating Arbor Day is a great opportunity to promote tree planting and tree care within your school and community. Tree related activities, games and programs create excitement and promote participation in the event. Here are some examples:

  • Hold an Arbor Day ceremony and honor the good stewards in your community.
  • Organize a "Big Tree" or "Oldest Tree" search.
  • Plant a tree.
    photo of Arbor Day ceremony - a group of children and three adults planting trees
  • Encourage the fifth grade classes in your community to participate in the Arbor Day National Poster Contest. Display the posters in a public place. (See the 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest page.)
  • Participate in the DEC School Seedling program.
  • Choose a public park or downtown area that needs cleaning up and pitch in to clear it of litter.
  • Hold a Read-In at the library and have all the tree books - both fiction and nonfiction - on display.
  • Schedule local demonstrations on tree pruning techniques, tree selection, tree identification and tree planting.
  • Order tree and shrub seedlings from the State Tree Nursery and plant a living snow fence instead of one tree.

For more information about celebrating Arbor Day contact your local DEC office.

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