Washington, DC (October 1, 2013) – Fall is the best time of year to plant trees in much of the U.S., and it’s a great time to celebrate trees everywhere! October is National NeighborWoods® Month, the nationwide celebration of trees in our communities.
Trees make neighborhoods better by cleaning the air and improving water quality, reducing energy costs and increasing property values, improving safety and fighting climate change…and so much more.
Here are the “top 10” ways you can celebrate the trees in your community this October:
- Plant a tree! Join the celebration by registering all your October community tree planting and tree care events to be part of National NeighborWoods® Month. For tips on how to plan your tree event, download our NeighborWoods® Month Planning Kit.
- Show up and dig in. Are you ready to make a difference in your city? Volunteer to participate in a tree event near you—there are hundreds of events across the country. Find events in your area.
- Get social about trees. The celebration is online, too! Let all your social networks know about trees – use the hashtag #NeighborWoods on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and everywhere else. Share the USDA’s video message encouraging everyone to “get involved”. Forward to friends, tweet it, post it, pin it, fancy it up — and while you’re at it, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- Teach budding tree stewards. Educate tomorrow’s environmental leaders on the benefits of trees and tree care. Get free Kids Activity Cards to give your education event a boost, and see more ACTrees resources for kids. Register your education events to be part of National NeighborWoods® Month.
- Take tree photos. Send us pictures from your tree events—planting trees, pruning, cleaning out invasives, volunteers, kids and trees, anything that captures the moment. Post your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #NeighborWoods, and email them to us, too. We’ll enter the best ones in our Photo Contest to win $500.
- Give your street trees a hug. Show you care by mulching, pruning, or watering the trees on your street. Connect with a local tree organization to help your trees get just the right kind of care. Register your tree care events to be part of National NeighborWoods® Month.
- Proclaim the day. Have your Mayor, City Council, or another elected official issue a proclamation urging all residents to protect and grow your city’s urban forest by participating in National NeighborWoods® Month activities. Download a proclamation template.
- Step into the spotlight. Use the national celebration as an opportunity to get added attention for your work. Write an op-ed for a local news outlet. Issue a press release about your event. Invite the media and get on TV. Here are a few tools to help you get started. Be sure to tout the many benefit of urban trees. Check out these tree facts.
- Send a volunteer to Washington, DC. If you’re hosting a tree event, be sure to nominate one of your stand-out tree volunteers for our “Volunteer of the Year” award. They could win a trip to Washington, DC, and more!
- Wear tree gear. We’ll send you a package of FREE gear—just for registering your October tree events to be part of National NeighborWoods® Month. Think T-shirts, posters, banner, product discounts, and more…but only while supplies last, so register your events now!