Celebrate Trees With Us!

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Arbor Day, the tree planter’s holiday, is right around the corner. With all the great things trees give us everyday, don’t they deserve at least one day of celebration?

This year, Arbor Day falls on April 29 here in Michigan (and no, Arbor Day isn’t the same everywhere. To find out when yours is check out this website). The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance encourages you to celebrate trees in your own special way. You could go for a nature walk through a local park, read a tree or nature-themed book, volunteer in your community, and of course you can always plant a tree or shrub. Many communities hold Arbor Day Celebrations or clean-up events that you may participate in as well.

The following is the press release the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is publicizing for their State Arbor Day Celebration. More resources about Arbor Day can be found on the website.

 

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information:                                                                                            

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813

(517) 543-1512 x 114

miarborday@gmail.com

http://www.miarbordayalliance.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-15-16

 1,200 Students Come Out to Celebrate Trees

MICHIGAN – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) invites you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day. On Friday, April 29, 2016 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for 1,200 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. Volunteers from local organizations and agencies will spend the day teaching students about outdoor topics like trees, invasive species, water, and wildlife.

“Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate trees. Trees clean our air and water, stop flooding, keep banks of rivers and streams from eroding, save us energy by shading buildings, improve our health, the list goes on. They deserve at least one day all to themselves,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell.

MADA encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day in your own way by planting a tree, volunteering at a local park or nature center, recycling, using reusable grocery bags, reading a nature-themed book to a classroom, visiting a local park, or participating in a community beautification project or clean-up effort. Several Michigan communities are also hosting their own Arbor Day Celebrations. Find an event in your area on our website, http://www.miarbordayalliance.org and check out the Community Calendar.

The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.  J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer and journalist championed the idea of a “tree planting” holiday in the Nebraska Territory. In 1885, the Michigan Legislature resolved “that the Governor is hereby requested to call the attention of the people of the state to the importance of planting trees for ornament and by naming a day upon which the work shall be given special attention to be known as Arbor Day.” Each year the Governor and Michigan Legislature proclaim the last week in April as Arbor Week and Arbor Day as the last Friday of that week.

 

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan. The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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