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National Arbor Day

Join in on National Arbor Day - plant a tree, nurture nature's lungs, and help breathe life into our planet. Let's grow love for our earth!
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Prepare your spades and gather your seeds, because National Arbor Day is just around the corner on April 26! This incredible day of green initiative was first established back in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska, United States. His vision was to set aside a special day for the planting of trees, so he could inspire people to create a greener, healthier planet. From this idea, an incredible 1 million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day itself! Nearly 150 years later, National Arbor Day remains a testament to the power of grassroot environmentalism. So mark your calendars and join us on this day to celebrate the majestic beauty of trees, their life-giving properties, and their essential role in creating a sustainable future for all!

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1872</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Arbor Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>J. Sterling Morton established the first Arbor Day in Nebraska, United States, leading to the planting of an estimated 1 million trees.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1885</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Arbor Day Becomes a Legal Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>Arbor Day was declared a legal holiday in Nebraska, observed on April 22, Morton's birthday.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1922</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birdsey Northrop Globalizes Arbor Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Birdsey Northrop of the American Forestry Association introduced Arbor Day to Japan and helped globalize the celebration.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Arbor Day Foundation Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees, was founded.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Arbor Day Expands Further</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday spread further internationally, being celebrated in countries like Australia and Namibia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First TimeTree Initiative</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters teamed up to launch a nationwide campaign called Time for Trees.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Arbor Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Plant a tree</h3><p class='facts-text'>In the spirit of Arbor Day, get your hands dirty by planting your own tree. Whether it's a sapling or a mature tree, every bit of green helps! Remember to choose a tree that will thrive in your local climate and planting conditions.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Take a tree identification walk</h3><p class='facts-text'>Test your knowledge of local flora by taking a walk through your local park or forest preserve with a tree identification guide. This fun activity will help you familiarize yourself with the trees in your area, and show appreciation for their individual characteristics and beauty.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Organize a community tree planting</h3><p class='facts-text'>Invite friends, family and neighbors to participate in a community tree planting event. This is a wonderful way to bring people together and create lasting memories. Plus, you'll have a visual reminder of your efforts as these trees grow over time.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Take a leisurely stroll through a local botanical garden</h3><p class='facts-text'>What better way to appreciate trees than to visit a place dedicated to preserving and showcasing a variety of plant species? Enjoy the serene environment as you saunter through pathways lined with towering trees and vibrant green foliage.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate to a tree-planting charity</h3><p class='facts-text'>If planting your own tree isn't feasible, consider making a monetary donation to a reputable, tree-planting charity. Your contribution will help fund the planting of trees around the world, aiding in the fight against climate change and promoting biodiversity.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Arbor Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Engages us with nature</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Arbor Day reminds us to reconnect with nature in an active and meaningful way. Planting a tree is not just beneficial for the environment but also helps improve our mental wellbeing - it's a peaceful activity that allows us to step away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and engage with the nature that surrounds us.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes community involvement</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Arbor Day fosters a sense of community. From planning a communal tree-planting event to going on a tree identification walk together, the holiday encourages people to work together for the common good of the environment, thereby strengthening community bonds.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>We are helping combat climate change</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By planting a tree or donating to a tree-planting charity, we directly help combat climate change. This holiday offers an opportunity to be part of the solution in a practical, tangible way. In essence, we are contributing to the growth of the world's "lungs", improving air quality and the overall health of our planet.</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts for National Arbor Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Trees Are the Longest Living Organisms on Earth</h3><p class='facts-content'>The world's oldest known living tree, a Bristlecone Pine named Methuselah, is estimated to be over 4,800 years old, and some trees are thought to live much longer.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Trees Can Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs</h3><p class='facts-content'>Properly positioned trees around a house can reduce heating costs by providing windbreaks and cooling costs by offering shade.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Trees Prevent Soil Erosion</h3><p class='facts-content'>By capturing rainwater with their root systems, trees play an important role in preventing soil erosion and maintaining fertile land.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Trees are Home to Many Species</h3><p class='facts-content'>An estimated 70% of all land-dwelling animals and plants live in forests worldwide. Trees serve as habitats providing shelter and food for these species.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Trees Act as Mood Boosters</h3><p class='facts-content'>Studies show that exposure to trees and nature improves concentration and reduces stress levels, promoting better mental health and overall well-being.</p></div></div>

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