J. Sterling Morton
J. Sterling Morton
 
 
A family celebrates Arbor Day
A family celebrates Arbor Day
 
 
Plant a tree for Arbor Day
Plant a tree for Arbor Day
 
 
A tree seedling
A tree seedling
 
 
Lumber from trees is used to build houses
Lumber from trees is used to build houses
 
 
Lines of trees protect the soil and plants
Lines of trees protect the soil and plants
 
 
Trees provide shade and protection
Trees provide shade and protection
 
Arbor Day
Topic(s):   Holidays & Celebrations
Quick Facts
Name: Arbor Day
Celebrated on: varies
Started: by J. Sterling; April 10, 1872

Arbor Day is celebrated by planting trees. It was started by J. Sterling Morton. He and his wife moved to Nebraska. They missed the trees they were used to. Trees were needed as windbreaks to keep soil from blowing away. Trees were needed for shade and lumber.

Morton was the editor of a big newspaper. He told people how important trees were. He talked people into planting them. He got the State Board of Agriculture to make a holiday for planting trees. He called it Arbor Day.

Arbor is from the French word for tree. The first Arbor Day was April 10, 1872. More than a million trees were planted on that day. Later, Arbor Day was made a legal holiday in Nebraska. It was changed to April 22. That was Mortonís birthday.

By the 1920ís, all states had an Arbor Day. The national holiday is the last Friday in April. Most states celebrate on that day. Other states celebrate on dates that are better for planting trees in their climate. Arbor Day is also celebrated all over the world.

Resource information

Arbor Day Foundation. The History of Arbor Day. Retrieved from http://www.arborday.org/arborday/graphics/history.pdf

Nix, Steve. (2011). When Is Arbor Day? Retrieved from http://forestry.about.com/cs/urbanforestry/a/arbor_day_date.htm

Tree-Help.com. (2000-2005). Arbor Day. Retrieved from http://www.arbor-day.net/

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