We all know trees can live for years, but there are trees that live to be more than a thousand years old! In fact, Methuselah, a Bristlecone Pine from California’s White Mountains, is estimated to be 4,765 years old. Trees are one of the longest living organisms on earth, making them great symbols of your club’s legacy to leave behind.
COVID-19 may prevent us from joining and organizing larger-scale Arbor Day celebrations, but your club could still help reach the Administration’s goal of planting 20,000 trees by donating a tree through the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. Your club could also make arrangements with town or city officials to plant a tree once the pandemic has subsided.
There are many ways to celebrate on April 24 while still taking necessary precautions.
- Connect with teachers in your area to raise students’ awareness of Arbor Day with an online lesson related to trees. Students could research the history of the day, write a poem about trees, or draw a picture of their favorite tree. Have your club sponsor a contest of their artwork using photos submitted by the students.
- Read a book about trees and then donate it to a library, a school, a teacher, or a child.
- Educate yourself and others about caring for trees, proper pruning, and planting times.
- Bring Arbor Day inside with container gardening, herb plants, or a bonsai tree.
- Make a plan for planting projects so that when your club can execute them, you’ll be all set to go!