The first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872, and now this day is celebrated the last Friday of April.  This holiday was created to celebrate nature and encourage people to plant trees.

Arbor Day happens to land near Earth Day, and it is a great time to think about the earth, nature, and being eco-friendly.

It is also a great time to teach kids about things like ecology and the environment.  Consider doing a combination of things that get kids learning about the natural world around them.

Quechee Gorge State Park trail

You could have a picnic or take a walk in the woods.  Observe nature and try to identify some trees.

One thing you can do with kids is read books together, learn about Arbor Day and learn more about trees.

You can incorporate your own tree planting into this day, which is a popular day to plant a tree in memory of someone.

This is a great time to visit a local nursery and learn more about the trees that are a good fit for your planting zone.  It is important when you choose a tree, that you have done your research.  How much room do you have for a tree?  What type of soil and growing conditions that you have?  What are the requirements of the tree you are purchasing (fertilizer, pruning, etc)?

Check out the Arbor Day Foundation here: