The founder of Arbor Day, J Sterling Morton, was quite passionate about replacing destroyed trees all over the world. This is how Arbor Day came about many years ago.
Arbor Day Information | Raleigh Remodeling
First observed in 1872, the day was meant as a holiday for plant trees. According to arborday.org, "In 1872, the State Board of Agriculture accepted a resolution by J. Sterling Morton 'to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit.' The Board declared April 10 Arbor Day and offered prizes to the counties and individuals that properly planted the largest number of trees on that day. More than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. With this first tree planting holiday observance, J. Sterling Morton became known as the 'Founder of Arbor Day'."
Quotes from J Sterling Morton | Raleigh Remodeling
- The cultivation of flowers and trees is the cultivation of the good, the beautiful, and the ennobling in man, and for one, I wish to see this culture become universal.
- Arbor Day…which has already transplanted itself…to every state in the American Union and has even been adopted in foreign lands…is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.
- …how much more enduring are the animate trees of our planting. They grow and self-perpetuate themselves and shed yearly blessings on our race.
- …all the people strive on Arbor Day to plant many, many trees, both forest and fruit. May the day and the observance thereof be cherished in every household, and its name and fruits become as a shower of blessing to the long lines of generations who shall succeed us.
- Each generation takes the earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.
Below, you'll find several poems that will help you teach your children about this important day each year. It's a great way to help them learn more about why trees are special and essential for life.
An Arbor Day Tree Poem
Dear little tree that we plant today, What will you be when we’re old and gray? The savings bank of the squirrel and mouse, For the robin and wren an apartment house. The dressing room of the butterfly’s ball, The locust’s and katydid’s concert hall. The school boy’s ladder in pleasant June, The school girl’s tent in the July noon. And my leaves shall whisper right menily, A tale of children who planted me. - Author Unknown
Trees of the Fragrant Forrest Poem | Raleigh Remodeling
Trees of the fragrant forest, With leaves of green unfurled, Through summer’s heat, through winter’s cold What do you do for our world?
Our green leaves catch the raindrops That fall with soothing sound, Then drop them slowly, slowly down; ‘Tis better for the ground.
When, rushing down the hillside, A mighty freshet foams, Our giant trunks and spreading roots Defend your happy homes.
From burning heat in summer We offer cool retreat, Protect the land in winter’s storm, From cold, and wind, and sleet.
Our falling leaves in autumn, By breezes turned and tossed, Will rake a deep sponge-carpet warm, Which saves the ground from frost.
We give you pulp for paper, Our fuel gives you heat; We furnish lumber for your homes, And nuts and fruit to eat.
With strong and graceful outline, With branches green and bare, We fill the land through all the year, With beauty everywhere.
So listen! From the forest Each one a message sends To children on this Arbor Day: We trees are your best friends! - Primary Education
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree. - Joyce Kilmer
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