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Trees Are Life

Apr 26, 2013

GS NorCal Forever Green tree planting landing pageNational Arbor Day, celebrated the last Friday in April, is a great time for Cadettes earning their Tree badge to get to the root of what trees are all about, and learn why they are so important to our ecosystem.

Girl Scouts on an It’s Your Planet—Love It! Journey or doing a Forever Green project can think about ways to take action with a tree project. Perhaps it’s a tree restoration project after a disaster like Hurricane Sandy. Find inspiration in the Girl Scouts of Northern California’s Tree Planting project, which includes a tree tracker where girls can share photos and experiences of planting a tree.

Back in 1872, J. Sterling Morton, President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture, started Arbor Day to increase awareness about the importance of trees. He understood that not only do trees provide shelter and help reduce heat, they protect us from CO2, which is toxic to humans.

This year, Girl Scouts across the country are honoring trees in Arbor Day events, like these:

  • Girl Scouts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, will create habitats, discover forest wildlife, and learn what it takes to work as an arborist at Arbor Day Farm.
  • Fourth- and fifth-grade Girl Scouts will learn about gardens and create a seed experiment at the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum.
  • Girl Scouts will plant three- to four-inch crab apple trees in the historic scion orchard of Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar, New York.

What can you do for Arbor Day? Here are some ideas:

  • Organize a nature walk with your friends and family. You might invite a tree expert to help point out the different types of trees along the way.
  • Become a tree sleuth! Read a book about trees and identify the various 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 Arbor Day and be a part of the solution to help nature?