Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Join in! Arbor Day: It’s All about Trees!

You are welcome to use my photo!
A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.
John Muir

History. National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. The first Arbor Day was 10 April 1872 in Nebraska where an estimated one million trees were planted. It was inspired by J Sterling Morton and his wife who, when they moved from Detroit to Nebraska, set about planting trees. They missed the trees from back home, wanted wind breaks & shade.  In 1885 it became a legal holiday in Nebraska. From there it has spread across our country with school children and others planting more trees each year.

Join the Celebration.  It is all about Trees! The Arbor Day Foundation lists ideas to celebrate the day. One idea is to organize a "Big Tree” or “Oldest Tree” search in your community. Our blogging community can do the same. Let’s use the holiday to celebrate our family trees.

Compare Your Trees. Look at the trees of your eight great grandparents. Select three to blog about on the Fridays in April leading up to & including Arbor Day: biggest, oldest & smallest. 

Charts. Post a chart of your tree; maybe you have a great idea on how to display your research.
Maps.  Give an over view of the tree; where was the seed planted and how far have the branches spread?
Stories. What is the oldest tale you know about the tree you are highlighting? Have you found any proof to authenticate that story? Are you surprised at where your research has led?
Timeline. Look at your tree as if you are looking at the rings of a tree. What was happening when the tree was planted? 

Weekly Prompts: Use these as a starting point and go in any direction.

Friday, April 10.     “Big Tree”
Look at the trees of your eight great grandparents. Which one is the biggest; has the most family members that you have uncovered? How were you able to count the leaves on the tree? How far, geographically, has this tree spread? Why do you think it is this large?

Friday, April 17     “Oldest Tree”
Look at the trees of your eight great grandparents. Which one stretches back the furthest in time? What was happening in the world when this tree was ‘planted’? How much do you know about the ancestor who ‘planted’ this tree?

Friday, April 24.   “Plant a Tree”
The Arbor Day Foundation encourages us to plant a tree today. Plant a new family tree or give some fertilizer to your smallest tree. What is your smallest tree? What do you hope to do to help it grow? Help a friend plant a new family tree. Keep planting and soon we will have beautiful forests.

Share. Be creative & use this only as a starting point. Go off in any direction you’d like. Use ‘Arbor Day’ in the title of your posts. Add a comment here with a link to your posts.  This is my first attempt to host anything like this. I will do my best to share your post with our fellow bloggers. 

Research, Have Fun, Get Creative & 
Post when you are Ready!


Cheri Hudson Passey said...

Great ideas, Colleen!

Dara said...

Best of luck with your meme, Colleen and Happy Easter!

Jana Iverson Last said...


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Have a wonderful weekend!