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Celebrate Arbor Day!
Friday, April 28, 2023, 8:00 AM EDT
Category: Statewide Programs

Celebrate Arbor Day!

Arbor Day is a national observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. First celebrated in 1872, it was established as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to open areas. In New York, Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated the last Friday in April. However, communities around the state can celebrate Arbor Day any day of the year.

Unlike other holidays, many of which honor people or past events, Arbor Day promotes a better future. Young people are our future foresters and leaders. This day reminds us to share our knowledge with today's youth of the importance of trees and how to care for them.

Please share with us how you plan to celebrate Arbor Day! Send a note and photos to [email protected]

If you want copies of the New York State Arbor Day Poster, please call DEC's Lands & Forests Department at (518) 402-9428.