Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day

The simple act of planting a tree will have a positive impact for generations to come. In the words of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day, “Other holidays repose upon the past, Arbor Day proposes for the future.” Here are 10 ideas of how you can celebrate Arbor Day:

17_Fruit_saplings[1]Have a game night with tree trivia, winner gets a tree seedling

Hold a picnic in a park, or take a nature hike

Learn your state tree

Invite friends over for a movie nightIMG_4700[1] and watch a film that features trees with pumpkin spice cupcakes (or some spice derived from trees)

Send an Arbor Day e-card to friends & family

Bake an Arbor Day inspired dish (or whole meal) using spices and other ingredients produced entirely by trees

9512239-large[1]Sign up to a neighborhood recycling program or find a recycling center and pledge to recycle paper and cardboard

Upcycle your tree clippings, there are other ways to use them in addition to your garden

Collect leaves, put tempera paint on DSC_7859[1]them and make leaf prints

Buy a What Tree Is That pocket field guide and see how many trees you can identify in your neighborhood

The Real March Madness – Spring has Sprung on Tree Campus USA Campuses Across the East Region

Of the 68 National Collegiate Athletic Association teams playing in this year’s tournament, we found 29 colleges that have been recognized as 2013 Tree Campus USA campuses. Our NCAA series concludes with our final region of Tree Campus USA campuses — the east region.

americanAmerican University: American University has been designated a Tree Campus USA for five years. AU’s campus arboretum offers more than 75 different tree species.

Delaware State University: delawareDelaware State University has been designated a Tree Campus USA for three years. DSU’s campus arboretum contains more than 174 different species and some notable trees, including the Shingle Oak state record tree, the 2nd largest of its species in the state.

dukeDuke University: Duke University has been designated a Tree Campus USA for six years. Duke has taken a number of initiatives toward becoming a more sustainable campus. In addition to campus efforts, Duke collaborated with NC State University and the NC Division of Forest Resources to achieve sustainable forestry certificates for 55,000 acres of forest in North Carolina.

SyracuseSyracuse University: Syracuse University has been designated a Tree Campus USA for two years. SU’s grounds department maintains more than 683 acres of landscape.

University of Connecticut: UConnUniversity of Connecticut received Tree Campus USA designation for the first time in 2013.  More than 300 tree species are spread across 4,104 acres on the UConn main campus.

University of Florida: HSC-aerial[1]University of Florida received Tree Campus USA designation for the first time in 2013. The campus is adorned with more than 1,200 trees. UF’s efforts on becoming more sustainable have made them an Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary.

University of Massachusetts Lowell: Southwick620[1]University of Massachusetts Lowell has been designated a Tree Campus USA for three years.

Is your school or alma mater a Tree Campus USA? Learn more about the Benefits of Being a Tree Campus USA.

The Real March Madness – Spring has Sprung on Tree Campus USA Campuses Across the Central Region

Of the 68 National Collegiate Athletic Association teams playing in this year’s tournament, we found 29 colleges that have been recognized as 2013 Tree Campus USA’s. Our NCAA series continues with the following list of Tree Campus USA’s in the central region.

Photo Services, Kim HaskinsUniversity of Michigan: U-M was the first university to be recognized as a Tree Campus USA and has received designation for the last six years. U-M has more than 16,000 trees spread across its four campuses. The central campus alone has more than 1,200 trees.

eku2_4[1]Eastern Kentucky: EKU has been designated a Tree Campus USA for three years.

Tennessee State University: aerial[1]TSU received recognition as a Tree Campus USA for the first time in 2013. TSU is moving to become a greener campus through its campus sustainability initiative, including a thermostat setback policy and use of green cleaning chemicals.

Tohio-state-university[1]he Ohio State University: OSU has been designated a Tree Campus USA for three years. OSU’s extension is continually working to raise awareness of the social and economic benefits trees provide through its ‘Why Trees Matter’ program.

University of Iowa: UI has been designated a Tree Campus USA for five years. The University of Iowa Campus looking west from Old Capitol and the Pentacrest.UI has more than 7,700 trees on campus, and plants 300 news trees every year.

University of Louisiana Lafayette: UL Lafayette has been designated a Tree Campus USA for five years. The campus has implemented a number of green initiatives including Acorns of Hope, aLafayette,_Louisiana-Ullaf[1] joint project with local non-profit Bob’s Tree Preservation to reforest the eroding coastline of South Louisiana.

University of Louisville: University_of_Louisville,_Belknap_Campus,_from_Eastern_Parkway_overpass[1]The U of L has been designated a Tree Campus USA for four years. The campus has more than 2,500 trees and a number of programs in place to maintain its greenery.