The earliest American Arbor Day took place toward the start of the 1870s — right around the time when Yellowstone, our nation's first national park, was designated — and in the decades following, many nations around the world followed suit. Today, National Arbor Day is celebrated in dozens of nations around the world, which serves as a testament to humanity's endearment toward nature. In the U.S., it falls on the last Friday in April, which, in 2016, is on April 29th!
Why We Love Arbor Day
A. Builds An Appreciation For Nature
Nature is important — we couldn’t survive without it — but with so much of our population living in major metropolitan areas, it’s easy to lose sight of nature’s greatness and splendor.
B. It’s Good For The Planet
Despite some disagreement about global warming, there’s no debating that keeping our planet healthy helps to keep us healthy. There’s a lot to love about a holiday that helps make our planet a better place.
C. It’s Global
With over 40 nations having their own version of Arbor Day, it’s safe to say that this holiday is global. We’ve got a lot to be thankful for when it comes to trees, so it’s only natural that so many cultures have their own day to celebrate.
How to Celebrate Arbor Day
1. Plant A Tree!
What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than to plant your very own tree? It’s an incredible experience watching a tree grow over the years, and it’s an unbelievable feeling knowing that you made it happen.
2. Cut Down on Your Paper Usage
Deforestation is a huge problem with many implications, and cutting down on our paper usage is the most immediate way to make a difference. You can go a step further by seeking out brands with sustainable business practices, and by adopting strong composting and recycling habits.
3. Take a Hike!
The good kind! Hiking is a great escape from the doldrums of every day life, and it’s an activity that’s great for people across a wide age range.