28. Celebrate Arbor Day in the spring and National NeighborWoods Day in the fall

Official celebrations have a way of bringing people together and highlighting shared values and interests. National Arbor Day – and state-declared Arbor Days – are celebrations of trees and tree planting. Arbor Day has been a tradition in many states since the late 1800s.

Areas of Interest: Connecting to Government, Fun for Kids, Networking, Technology
Ingredients: Flyers, party supplies, creativity
National NeighborWoods Day was created by the Alliance for Community Trees as a way to acknowledge the cumulative successes of NeighborWoods programs around the country. It is held on the second Saturday of October.
Directions: National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April each year. Contact the National Arbor Day Foundation at www.arborday.org to find your state’s Arbor Day and to explore the many ideas and ways people have found to celebrate Arbor Day. Traditionally, Arbor Day presents a great opportunity for you to appear before your elected officials and share your stories. In turn, request from them an official Arbor Day proclamation recognizing the value of trees in your area and noting the responsibility of everyone to be involved.
National NeighborWoods Day draws attention to the value of planting trees at a time of year when most of the country’s weather accommodates good tree-planting, but many people may not have tree-planting in mind. See the Alliance for Community Trees’ website at www.actrees.org for inspiration on great ways to celebrate NeighborWoods Day, gain visibility for your organization or group, and educate people about the value of trees.