The Importance of Trees Part 1: The History of Arbor Day

In April we are studying the importance of trees in our environment and I thought a good place to start would be with the history of our most important tree planting holiday, Arbor Day.

Arbor day is a holiday in which people are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It is celebrated the final Friday in April in the US.

The first American Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska and was the idea of J. Sterling Morton. It was held on April 10th,1872 and approximately one million trees were planted!

On April 15,1907 President Theodore Roosevelt issued an “Arbor Day Proclamation to the School Children of the United States ” addressing the value of trees and urging forestry tone taught in public schools.

This month all Karate World students will be asked to plant a tree in their yard or neighborhood and we will be learning how to do that as well as how to care for the new tree.

“Each generation takes the earth as trustees.” – J. Sterling Morton