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Arbor Day
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Literature

Science

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Biography

Teddy Roosevelt Proclamation

Arts

Proclamation


 

History
This curious special day originated in Nebraska.  J. Sterling Morton arrived in the Nebraska Territory in 1854 from Detroit.  Morton became Nebraska's first newspaper editor which gave him a forum to express his love for trees and to encourage pioneers to plant trees.  As Morton's influence increased, he became secretary for the Nebraska Territory giving him more opportunities to spread his love for trees.  On 4 January 1872, Morton recommended a tree planting day and dubbed it Arbor Day while in a State Board of Agriculture meeting with the date set for 10 April 1872 even though some wanted to call the day "Sylvan". 

 

RESOLVED, "Wednesday, the 10th day of April, 1872, be, and the same is hereby especially set apart and consecrated for the tree planting in the State of Nebraska, and the State Board of Agriculture hereby name it Arbor Day, and urge upon the people of the State the vital importance of tree planting, and hereby offer a special premium of one hundred dollars t the agricultural society of that county in Nebraska which shall upon that day plant properly the largest number of trees; and a farm library of twenty-five dollars' worth of books to that person, who, on that day, shall plant properly in Nebraska the greatest number of trees."

 

Nebraska's Governor Robert W. Furnas officially proclaimed Arbor Day on 12 March 1874 to be celebrated on 10 April 1874. Arbor Day became a legal holiday in Nebraska in 1885 with the date to celebrate set for April 22nd (Morton's birthday).  The result of the above resolution was that over a million trees were planted in Nebraska on that first Arbor Day.  A few years later, April 22, the birthday of Mr. Morton was set apart by the governor as Arbor Day in that State.  In the 1870s, other states began to observe Arbor Day.  Today, Arbor Day is acknowledged in many countries.

 

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Music

Amazing Grace
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For the Beauty of the Earth
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Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air
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Holy, Holy, Holy
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Fairest Lord Jesus
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This is My Father's World
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All Things Bright & Beautiful
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American Folksongs

 

Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

 

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Observance Date(s)
National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times. Check the list below to find out when your state or territory observes Arbor Day. Also listed is each state's official state tree.

Alabama
Last full week in February State Tree: Southern Pine
Kansas
Last Friday in March State Tree: Cottonwood
North Carolina
1st Friday following
March 15
State Tree: Pine
Alaska
Third Monday in May State Tree: Sitka Spruce
Kentucky
1st Friday in April
State Tree: Yellow Poplar
North Dakota
1st Friday in May
State Tree: American Elm
Arizona
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Paloverde
Louisiana
3rd Friday in January
State Tree: Baldcypress
Ohio
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Ohio Buckeye
Arkansas
3rd Monday in March
State Tree: Pine
Maine
3rd full week in May
State Tree: Eastern White Pine
Oklahoma
Last full week in March
State Tree: Eastern Redbud
California
March 7-14
State Tree: California Redwood
Maryland
1st Wednesday in April
State Tree: White Oak
Oregon
1st full week in April
State Tree: Douglasfir
Colorado
3rd Friday in April
State Tree: Blue Spruce
Massachusetts
April 28-May 5
State Tree: American Elm
Pennsylvania
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Eastern Hemlock
Connecticut
April 30
State Tree: White Oak
Michigan
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Eastern White Pine
Rhode Island
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Red Maple
Delaware
Last Friday in April
State Tree: American Holly
Minnesota
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Red Pine
South Carolina
1st Friday in December
State Tree: Cabbage Palmetto
District of Columbia
Last Friday in April
District Tree: Scarlet Oak
Mississippi
2nd Friday in February
State Tree: Southern Magnolia
South Dakota
Last Friday in April
State Tree: White Spruce
Florida
3rd Friday in January
State Tree: Cabbage Palmetto
Missouri
1st Friday in April
State Tree: Flowering Dogwood
Tennessee
1st Friday in March
State Tree: Yellow Poplar
Georgia
3rd Friday in February
State Tree: Live Oak
Montana
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Ponderosa Pine
Texas
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Pecan
Guam
1st Friday in November
Nebraska
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Cottonwood
Utah
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Blue Spruce
Hawaii
1st Friday in November
State Tree: Kukui
Nevada
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Singleleaf Pinyon
Vermont
1st Friday in May
State Tree: Sugar Maple
Idaho
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Western White Pine
New Hampshire
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Paper Birch
Virginia
2nd Friday in April
State Tree: Flowering Dogwood
Illinois
Last Friday in April
State Tree: White Oak
New Jersey
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Northern Red Oak
Virgin Islands
Last Friday in September
Indiana
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Yellow Poplar
New Mexico
2nd Friday in March
State Tree: Pinyon
Washington
2nd Wednesday in April
State Tree: Western Hemlock
Iowa
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Oak
New York
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Sugar Maple
West Virginia
2nd Friday in April
State Tree: Sugar Maple
Wisconsin
Last Friday in April
State Tree: Sugar Maple
Wyoming
Last Monday in April
State Tree: Cottonwood
 

 

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Literature

Arbor Day Poems  Be sure to check out the poems for this day !

 

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Science

1)  Plant a tree and learn how to properly water and care for the tree.  Study the tree's seeds and record germination rates of your seedlings.

2)  Learn about the importance of trees — windbreaks, keeping soil in its place, fuel, building materials, and shade.

3)  Identify ten different types of trees by their leaves, bark, shape, wood, etc.

4)  Tree Products:  Sample various tree products (e.g., maple syrup, apples, pears, plums, nuts, etc.).  Which part of the tree are you eating?

5)  Science Log:  Describe how wildlife (including insects) use your neighborhood trees.  Describe how they use flowers, leaves, limbs, seeds, bark, etc.

6)  Science Fair:  Organize an Arbor Day Science Fair at church.  Have various exhibits of how God has blessed your life with trees.  Be sure to have an Arbor Day Proclamation to hand out to visitors!  Be sure to include the other science projects recommended here along with Arbor Day Language Arts, Arbor Day Activities, Arbor Day Poems, Arbor Day Music, Arbor Day Bible, Arbor Day Arts, etc.


International Society of Arboriculture

Their "Consumer Tree Care Guide" is wonderful! The site also explains what an arborist is, the benefits of trees, insect and disease problems, mature tree care, new tree planting, and more

Sustainable Trees & Shrub
This site will help you select just the right tree for your climate and zone

Trees of the Pacific NW
Offers a dichotomous key and many other interesting tree facts from Oregon State University

A World Community of Old Tree
Offers a tree gallery, a tree museum, tree talk and more

 

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To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.
                        — Theodore Roosevelt

 

Language Arts

1)  Write for a free copy of Celebrate Arbor Day!

The National Arbor Day Foundation
100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE 68410

 

2)  Interview your parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles and/or pastor to learn how trees have touched their lives.  What is their favorite tree and why?  You may want to tape record or video tape your interviews to share with various family members at your next get together!

 

3)  Create your own Arbor Day Proclamation for your homeschool or Christian school !

 

Arbor Day Proclamation
Arbor Day Proclamation Homeschool PDF File
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Arbor Day Proclamation Christian School PDF File — Print it!

 

 

Arbor Day Homeschool Proclamation

WHEREAS, to celebrate and honor our Creator God and His great mercies upon His people; and

WHEREAS, in 1872 J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees; and

WHEREAS, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska; and

WHEREAS, Arbor Day is celebrated throughout the nation and the world as a special event to promote the planting of trees; and

WHEREAS, wherever trees are planted, are a source of joy, renewal and provide improved water quality and recreation; and

WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife, watershed protection; and

WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and beautify our community; and

WHEREAS, our homeschool community appreciates and values trees as they increase property value, attract businesses and customers, reduce cooling costs, and moderate temperature making our community more attractive, functional and livable; and

WHEREAS, our homeschool community strongly encourages individuals and organizations to value trees and plant appropriate species in appropriate places, and keep them properly maintained so that we may have large beautiful shade trees in all parts of our country; and

WHEREAS, our homeschool community wishes to recognize the efforts of volunteers who participate in the planting of trees that beautify and lend value to our homes and public spaces; and

WHEREAS, our homeschool community will celebrate Arbor Week by planting trees.

 

 

 

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A Proclamation
by President Theodore. Roosevelt, 1907:

 

To the School Children of the United States:

Arbor Day (which means simply "Tree Day") is now observed in every State in our Union and mainly in the schools.  At various times from January to December, but chiefly in this month of April, you give a day or part of a day to special exercises and perhaps to actual tree planting, in recognition of the importance of trees to us as a Nation, and of what they yield in adornment, comfort, and useful products to the communities in which you live.

It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the Nation's need of trees will become serious.  We of an older generation can get along without what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied, and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted.

For the nation as for the man or woman, and the boy or girl, the road to success is the right use of what we have and the improvement of present opportunity.  If you neglect to prepare yourselves not for the duties and responsibilities which will fall upon you later, if you do not learn the things which you will need to know when your school days are over, you will, suffer the consequences.  So any nation which in its youth lives only for the day, reaps without sowing, and consumes without husbanding, must expect the penalty of the prodigal, whose labor could with difficulty find him the bare means of life.

A people without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees is almost as hopeless; forests which are so used that they can not renew themselves will soon vanish, and with them all their benefits.  A true forest is not merely a storehouse full of wood, but, as it were, a factory of wood, and at the same time a reservoir of water.  When you help to preserve our forests or, to plant new ones you are acting the part of good citizens.  The value of forestry deserves, therefore, to be taught in the schools, which aim to make good citizens of you.  If your Arbor Day exercises help you to realize what benefits each one of you receives from the forests, and how by your assistance these benefits may continue, they will serve a good end.

 

 

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Arts

1)  From wood, make a wood bird house and/or feeder.

2)  Make wooden jewelry.

3)  Hand make you own paper cards and give to your parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, pastor, and/or missionary.

4)  Design animals from cones, twigs, leaves, and other tree parts.

5)  Make a T-shirt with a tree theme along with a title like the Lord God made them all!

 

History

Johnny Appleseed:  Learn about this interesting Christian man (Would strongly recommend the book from the Childhood of Famous American Series. However, it may take a bit of perseverance looking through and scouting out used bookstores, flea markets, library sales, yard sales, etc. However, it is well worth the hunt!)

Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center & Outdoor Historical Drama
Learn all about John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) from a group dedicated to preserving the history behind the man

The Great Plant Escape
Escape Help Detective Le Plant & his partners, Bud and Sprout, unlock the amazing mysteries of plant life

 

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