Arbor Day Resources

April 21st, 2009

Is your backyard looking bare? Go out and plant a tree!

If you didn’t know, National Arbor Day is Friday, April 24. First observed in Nebraska in 1872 with the planting of more than a million trees, the holiday is now observed throughout the nation and the world. To learn about the history of the holiday, environmental considerations, or to find out how to celebrate, stop by Steenbock Library.

Get a historical perspective by checking out Nathaniel Egleston’s 1896 work, Arbor Day: Its History and Observance. More current works dealing with all things trees include, Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign: An Album and Shaul E. Cohen’s work, Planting Nature: Trees and the Manipulation of Environmental Stewardship in America. You can locate these books by asking a librarian at Steenbock library or by doing a MadCat catalog search.

Another great way to learn about the history, facts, and ways to celebrate the holiday is by visiting the National Arbor Day Foundation’s web site.

With thanks to Sam B for this blog post.