Arbor Day is a nationally recognized holiday that celebrates trees. The holiday was founded in 1872, and is celebrated on the last Friday in April. This year, it will be time to honor, commemorate, and (most importantly) plant trees. It’s a great day to stop and smell the acorns and teach your kids why trees are worth hugging! Plant a seed with these kid-friendly Arbor Day ideas …

Tree ID: Do you know what kind of trees are growing in your neighborhood? Take a walk with your kids and see how many you can identify. Don’t know your elms from your sycamores? Check out The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Identification Guide for a cheat sheet.

Eat from a tree: Trees clean the air, stabilize the soil, cool the climate, provide a home for birds and wildlife, filter noise, and provide us with a wide variety of yummy treats to eat. Enjoy some tree treats today such as maple syrup, apples, hazelnuts, walnuts, oranges, and even chewing gum and introduce your kids to the trees that brought them the treats.

Save-a-tree: Paper makes up more than one third of the waste in the landfill, yet it can so easily be reused and recycled. Save a tree today by going paperless, recycling, or even taking a stab at making your own paper.

Plant a tree: Show trees some love by making sure there’s plenty to go around. Head out to your local nursery and buy a tree to plant yourself, or pledge online to have one planted for you (Check out American Forests or The Nature Conservancy's Plant A Billion campaign.)

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