Arbor Day originated on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The word Arbor has been derived from the Latin word that means ‘tree’. Approximately 1 million trees were planted throughout the state of Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. It was the first state to celebrate Arbor Day.
This day was founded by Julius Sterling Morton, journalist and tree enthusiast to encourage people, whether in groups or as individuals. President Richard Nixon declared the last Friday of April as Arbor Day in 1970. This day is celebrated by planting trees. The National Arbor Foundation was founded in 1972.
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- The day is called ‘Tree Loving Day’ in Korea and ‘The Greening Week’ in Japan.
- The date of this celebration can vary in different countries depending on their climate and planting season.
- Although Nebraska is not a naturally tree friendly spot the state really needs trees as it is a treeless prairie.
- America’s national tree is the oak tree. In 2004, the National Arbor Day hosted a vote on its website for a national tree.
- Planting trees is not the only way to celebrate the day. Donations can be made to save rainforests and you can participate in a recycling program as well.
- Some states including Alaska and Hawaii celebrate Arbor Day on a different day.
- Julius Sterling Morton’s home is known as Arbor Lodge. It makes his love for trees more evident.
- This family home looked like the White House and is a state park. Its 65 acres area has more than 250 different types of shrubs and trees.
- Arbor Day was celebrated in South Africa in 1983 for the very first time.
- In 1999, the celebration of this day has been extended to National Arbor Week from September 1 to September 7.
- Arbor week is also celebrated in Ontario, Canada.