It's April — Earth Day month, Arbor Day month and time to start thinking about trees. Earth Day is April 22 and National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April (which falls on April 27 this year). Both are the perfect occasions to get outside and plant a tree.
Not sure what or where to plant? Plant a tree of your choosing in your own back yard. Talk to the folks at your local nursery to find out what kind of tree would do best. Or contact your local parks department to find out if there are any tree-planting events in your community this month. The Arbor Day Foundation's website has lots of great tips for celebrating trees this month, including reading books about trees ("The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein is a perfect read for kids), taking a nature hike, or attending a class on tree and plant care.
You and your kids can also plant a few trees with the click of a button without even leaving your sofa. The Arbor Day Foundation and Honest Tea have teamed up to plant 50,000 trees across the U.S. Check out Honest-Kids.com to learn about deforestation and how you can plant a tree in one of 12 regions around the country.
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