Posts Tagged ‘Arbor Day Celebration’

Celebrate Arbor Day With Us!

PRESS RELEASEMADA GIF

Contact Information

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5

Email: miarborday@gmail.com

Website: www.miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 4-21-17

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-17-17

Students Celebrate Trees at Potter Park

MICHIGAN – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) invites you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day. On Friday, April 28, 2017 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for approximately 1,000 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. This is also the day the official State Arbor Day Tree will be planted, with one lucky class getting to assist.

“Arbor Day is a day set aside for the trees. Trees help clean our air and water, reduce flooding, keep banks of rivers and streams from eroding, save us energy by shading buildings, improve our mental and physical health, the list goes on. They deserve at least one day all to themselves,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell. “After all, where would we be without trees?”

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, visiting a local park, or participating in a community 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.

Advertisements

Lansing Board of Water & Light Supports Trees

PRESS RELEASE

 Contact Information:

Jennifer Hunnell                                                                      Phone: (517) 543-1512 x 5

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                                               Email: miarborday@gmail.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3, Charlotte, MI  48813         Website: miarbordayalliance.org

Sent: 3-16-17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 3-16-17

Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

 Charlotte, MI –  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is happy to announce that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) has contributed $6,000 to support the State Arbor Day Celebration and MADA outreach programs.

“MADA is excited to partner once again with the Board of Water and Light. They have been a great partner for several years and we are looking forward to their contribution helping this program continue to grow,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

Each year, MADA hosts the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing. The official celebration for the state of Michigan, this event invites 1,100 second and third graders from all around mid-Michigan to attend a day of outdoor fun and education. Students learn about water, soil, trees, and wildlife from a team of dedicated volunteers. Each student also leaves with their very own tree seedling which they can plant at home, taking a little piece of Arbor Day with them.

This is what BWL had to say about the program: “We are proud to be part of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Team. The BWL recognizes the value of supporting a program that emphasizes the benefits of a community outreach that encourages youth participation. It is important that we continue to educate our kids to understand the vital role trees play in our communities.” Lynn McKinstry, Manager, Electric System Operations for the BWL.

In addition to the State Arbor Day Celebration, MADA rolled out their 5th Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest. The donation from BWL helped get this program off the ground. This was an opportunity for Michigan students to express their creativity and learn about trees at the same time. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded, including a tree planting for the winning schools. This year, 72 students participated, a great start to a new program!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District and made possible through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Celebrate Trees With Us!

DSCF8203[1]

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.

Celebrate Arbor Day This Friday!

MADA GIF

PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact Information:                                                                      Phone:  (517) 543-5848 x 5

Jennifer Hunnell                                                                                        Email:  miarborday@gmail.com

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                                                                   Website:   http://www.miarbordayalliance.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813                                   Sent:  4-21-14

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  On or after 4-21-14

 

Make Every Day Arbor Day!

 

MICHIGAN –The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) encourages you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day this year. On Friday, April 25, 2014 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for over 1,100 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park in Lansing. Volunteers from several organizations will spend the day teaching students about water, wildlife, soil, and of course, trees.

“Planting a tree is a simple way to make a lasting impression. The benefits from that single tree will be felt for generations,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell and encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day in your own way. You could plant a tree, volunteer, recycle, use reusable grocery bags, read a nature-themed book to a classroom, visit a local park, or organize 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, www.miarbordayalliance.com 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.

— END —

Celebrate Arbor Day this Friday!

PRESS RELEASE

 

MADA GIF 

 

Contact Information:                                               Phone:  (517) 543-5848 x 5

Jennifer Hunnell                                                                Email:  miarborday@gmail.com

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                  Website:   http://www.miarbordayalliance.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813                               Sent:   4-23-13

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-22-13

Celebrate Arbor Day Every Day

 

MICHIGAN –The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) encourages you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day this year.  On Friday, April 26, 2013 MADA will be hosting the 20th State Arbor Day Celebration for over 1,100 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park in Lansing.  Volunteers from several organizations will spend the day teaching students about water, wildlife, soil, and of course, trees.

“Planting a tree is a simple way to make a lasting impression.  The benefits from that single tree will be felt for generations,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell and encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day in your own way.  You could plant a tree, volunteer, recycle, use reusable grocery bags, read a nature-themed book to a classroom, visit a local park, or organize 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, www.miarbordayalliance.com 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.

The Importance of the Outdoors

Nature Necessity

Time.  It’s a small word for a very big issue in many of our lives – mainly not having enough.  Time outside?  That’s even more difficult.  With the increasing number of organized activities, deadlines, and the growing competition of technology, it is becoming harder for families to carve out even small amounts of time for nature.  However, if the experts are to be believed, time outside has never been more crucial.

Let’s take a moment and look at some scary numbers:

  • American children ages 3-12 spend 27% of their time each week watching television and only 1% outdoors. (Hofferth & Sadberg, 2001)
  • Children ages 8-18 engage in over seven hours of media time each day (e.g., watching tv, listening to music, using the internet/computer, playing video games). (Foehr & Roberts, 2010)
  • Children are spending half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago. (Juster, F. Thomas et al., 2004)
  • In one generation, the percentage of people who reported that the outdoors was the most influential environment of their childhood dropped from 96% to 46%. (Rachel Sebba, 1991)

Why should we reverse this trend? – Because the cost of doing nothing is high.  The shift to more inside, sedentary, activities has been shown to cause attention difficulties, hyperactivity, childhood obesity, diminished senses, and a disconnect from reality.

A relationship to the natural world can remedy problems in both body and mind.

  • Outdoor play increases fitness levels, raises Vitamin D levels, and improves distance vision.
  • Exposure to natural settings has been shown to reduce stress, increase creativity, and enhance social interactions.
  • Schools with environmental education programs score higher on tests in math, reading, writing, and critical thinking.  In addition, students have higher GPAs and cause fewer classroom disruptions.

Given the big picture, getting outside seems a simple solution.  If we wish for future generations to care about the land and its resources, nature connections must be made early, made often, and must be maintained.

Kids participating in a game at the No Child Left Inside Day of Play at the Capital (Lansing, MI)

Learning outside at Arbor Day 2012 (Potter Park Zoo, Lansing, MI)

Celebrate Arbor Day 2012!

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Contact Information:                                                              Phone:            (517) 543-5848 x 5

Jennifer Hunnell                                                                                Email:  miarborday@gmail.com

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                                      Website:  http://www.miarbordayalliance.com

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813                  Sent: 4-26-12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-23-12

 

Why Arbor Day?

MICHIGAN – The Great Lakes are major natural resources Michigan is known for.  It’s even our state nickname.  But there is another resource that gets frequently overlooked, yet plays just as big a role in our great state – Trees.  There are over 100 different species of trees that call Michigan home.  Forested lands total an impressive 18 million acres.  Michigan also has the second largest State Forest system in the United States, outranked only by Alaska.

So what?  Why should we care about all of these trees?  Trees do more than just look pretty.  Trees are natural air filters.  One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 4 tons of oxygen in a single year.  And carbon dioxide isn’t all.  Trees also filter dust and harmful chemicals from the air.  They reduce storm water runoff in urban areas, reduce flooding, and stop erosion.  Shade trees reduce building heating and cooling costs and add to real estate value.  Shouldn’t a resource as multi-tasking as a tree be treasured?  That is what Arbor Day is all about…the celebration of trees.

So what can you do?  Spread the appreciation around.  Show how much we value this resource by celebrating it.  Attend a community Arbor Day Celebration, bring nature into the classroom and teach kids the value of trees, go on a family nature hike, attend a nature program, volunteer, recycle, or simply plant a tree in your backyard.  Interested in finding out more?  Our website may be able to help you out.

Arbor Day in Michigan is always the last Friday of April.  That means this year’s Arbor Day falls on April 27.  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance will be holding the annual State Arbor Day Celebration at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.  Over 1,200 second and third grade students will come out and learn about different aspects of nature:  soil, air, water, wildlife and, of course, trees.

So what are your plans this Arbor Day?

 

            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.

— END —