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In celebration of trees & forests all over the world
Arbor Day originated in Nebraska City, on April 10th, 1872 and was founded by J. Sterling Morton. It is estimated that more than 1,000,000 trees were planted on this day and has since been recognized as a day to plant and care for trees,
Schools, community organizations and local authorities all over the world celebrate Arbor Day by cleaning up public parks, caring for trees, and planting trees.
Countries celebrating arbor day
United States of America
Last Friday of April
Today, the most common date to observe Arbor Day in the U.S. is the last Friday in April, and several U.S. presidents have proclaimed a national Arbor Day on that date, But a number of state Arbor Days are at other times to fit with the best tree planting weather, from January and February in the South to May in the far North.
Last Wednesday in September
Canada Arbor Day is honoured through National Forest Week where Maple Leaf Day falls on the last Wednesday in September during the week-long celebrations. Ontario celebrates Arbor Week from the last Friday in April to the first Sunday in May.
Australia has observed Arbor Day since June 1889. The country also celebrates National Tree Day which is observed on the last Sunday of July throughout Australia, while Victoria honours Arbor Week.
Empowering Women Farmers in Rwanda
In 2019, we completed three separate projects in Rwanda, all of which centered around agroforestry. The first was with a women-led coop that planted 35,000 fruit-producing trees; the second a group of students who planted 9,000 trees as part of an initiative to fight poverty; and the third was with farmers who planted 60,000 trees to produce sustainable coffee.
Agriculture employs over 70% of the population in Rwanda. However, livelihoods are being threatened as soil erosion from years of unsustainable farming is jeopardizing crop yields. Steep slopes in the country also increase the likelihood of landslides, which damage farms, pollute water sources, and exacerbate deforestation.
That’s why promoting agroforestry is so crucial for this region. Planting trees that also serve an economic benefit - on top of their benefits to the environment - reduces the likelihood that farmers will cut down the trees for timber or firewood. With the income and food generated from these trees, communities are better able to afford healthcare, education, and quality nutrition - all while reducing soil erosion and contributing to improving the environment overall.
India Arbor Day is celebrated through Van Mahotsav (the festival of trees), an annual week-long pan-Indian tree planting festival held in the month of July. During this event, millions of trees are planted!
First celebrated in 1975, the United Kingdom celebrates 'National Tree Week' at the start of the winter tree planting season. Each year, nearly one million trees are planted by schools and communities.
Fast Facts for Arbor Day
3 Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day
Start A Fundraiser
Reforestation is one of the best ways to help restore lost forests and habitats, and create a more sustainable world. By starting your own fundraiser, you can help spread the word on the importance of trees - and actually get trees planted!
Planting trees will restore watersheds, rebuild important wildlife habitats, and will ultimately combat climate change and global warming. With your support, conservation organizations will continue to plant trees across the province.
Want to get your hands dirty? Looking for a local tree planting event?Spend a day caring for or planting trees at an event close to home with your family and friends and give back to the trees in your community,