What Is Arbor Day?

Glenda E. Fauske the Information and Education Coordinator / ND Forest Service at North Dakota State University in Bottineau, N.D. provided some excellent information on Arbor Day.

Each state has their own Arbor Day depending upon the planting season in their state. Minnesota’s Arbor Day is the last Friday of April and North Dakota’s is the first Friday in May.

Click on the following links to learn more:

A Brief History of Arbor Day

Arbor Days Across the Nation

Newspaper Activities from the NIE guide, A Plan for All Seasons written by Ann West and distributed by the NIE Institute.  

  • Work with a friend, a relative or a parent to clip pictures and names of trees from your newspaper over the period of a couple of weeks.  Clip photos from newspaper stories or advertisements; clip the names of trees, try to draw your own picture of how each tree appears.
  • Create a scrapbook of trees popular or commonly grown in your community.  Paste or tape pictures of different trees on different pages of your scrapbook and identify the type of tree you have selected.  If you clip names of trees, try to draw your own picture of how each tree appears.
  • Finally, try to find an example of a leaf from most of the types of trees you identified in your notebook.  Attach the leaf to the appropriate page.  If you can’t find a particular leaf, do some research and draw a sample leaf from the tree.
  • When you complete your scrapbook, add a page to the back of the scrapbook in which you describe any findings you and your partner made.  Include any final statements about your research and what you learned about trees in your community.