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Celebrate Trees for Arbor Day!

Apr 27, 2012

Cadettes earning their The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting Tree badge get to the root of what trees are all about, and learn that to know trees is to love them. Today for National Arbor Day, everyone should get to know and love trees!

Back in 1872, J. Sterling Morton, President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture, started Arbor Day to increase awareness about the importance of trees in Nebraska. Now, 140 years later, it is celebrated all over the world. Each year, Girl Scouts across the country participate in Arbor Day events, like these:

  • In Palo Alto, California, Girl Scouts celebrated Arbor Day on March 10 with activities like tree-climbing sessions with a world-champion climber and a tour of Mitchell Park’s trees with an arborist.
  • Today, Girl Scouts in North Reading, Massachusetts, will read poems about trees as part of the Garden Club’s festivities.
  • New Jersey’s Dumont Shade Tree Commission recognizes the Girls Scouts great contributions in promoting environmental causes and invites troops to take part in its 2012 Arbor Day Celebration on April 28.
  • On May 5, the North Dakota Forest Service and Girl Scouts will plant a “Girl Scout Grove” at the International Peace Garden (located on the border of North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada) to honor our 100th anniversary.

What can you do for Arbor Day? How about:

  • Organize a nature walk with your friends and family. You might invite a tree expert to help point out the types of trees along the way.
  • Read a book about trees and identify the ones in your neighborhood.
  • Gather leaves to make a collage or do a bark rubbing of your favorite tree.
  • Search online for local groups planting trees in your area.
  • Sponsor a paper drive to recycle paper, which will save trees!

Can you come up with other ways to celebrate the spirit of Arbor Day?