first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872 in Nebraska, and was created by
Julius Morton, who was a politician, journalist and agriculturalist.
It was created to conserve and protect trees and plants wherever they may
grow. The holiday soon spread to other states and is now celebrated by all 50.
However, it was not until 1970, when President Nixon proclaimed a
national Arbor Day. The holiday is celebrated on the last Friday in
Day Facts and History
In-depth history of the holiday and information on individual state
celebration dates and state trees.
Arbor Day (NADF):
Information and many links about all things Arbor Day.
Day (Idaho Forest Products Comm'n):
Information on the holiday, trees and forests.
First Arbor Day (Library of Congress):
Information on the first Arbor Day and the Environment with many links.
Resources Defense Council (official): Information on
the environment and legislation of governments throughout the world.
Environmental Protection Agency (official):
The agency set up to protect our environment.
Index of environmental related sites on the web from around the world.
Library for the Environment (NCSE): A Universal,
timely, and easy-to-use single-point entry to environmental information
and data for the use of all participants in the environmental enterprise.
Day, J. Sterling Morton's Legacy of Trees (JohnShepler.com):
An article on Morton, Arbor Day and the Environment. Includes
related links & info.
Arbor Day Foundation (official):
The NADF organization is dedicated to planting and protecting plants and
trees around the world.
Arbor Day is traditionally not a gift
giving holiday. However, if gifts are provided around this holiday,
the theme of trees and plants should be considered.
If the gift recipient is a gardener, what would be more appropriate than
purchasing something with a flower or plant motif. It could be a
vase, bowl or even a picture frame - there is a great amount of items to
choose from. Gardening supplies would also be a nice gift, but some
people are particular as to the tools they use, so you may want to ask
them or someone who know them well before purchasing.
For the conversationalist we would recommend making a donation in the name
of the recipient. You can either donate directly to a conservation
cause/organization, or put the money towards growing a tree in the U.S.
travel destination for this holiday is anywhere there is a lot of trees or
if you cannot go that far, go to a local garden (or Botanical Garden if
possible). Depending on where you go in the U.S., many trees are
beginning to grow their new leaves back after their long winter slumber.