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Celebrate National Arbor Day
April 30, 2021

This year, National Arbor Day is celebrated on April 30. The day is all about celebrating trees! Below are a few ideas from Northwest Trek’s staff horticulturist of how you can celebrate Arbor Day this year.

  • Enjoy the outdoors!

Join the City Nature Challenge and help identify wildlife and nature as a citizen scientist! The global challenge asks ordinary folks to become nature scientists for an hour, a day, or however long you have. Just download the free iNaturalist app or access it on your computer, get outside and start recording what you see. It is a competition, too- can our area record the most?

woman takes picture of tree
Join the City Nature Challenge and take photos of plants and wildlife in your area.
  • Plant a native tree!

Native trees are super important for wildlife. They provide food for native wildlife, pollinators and insects. Trees protect our air, water, health, community and planet. For tips on where and how to plant trees native to Washington, read here.

man planting trees
Northwest Trek volunteer planting a tree.
  • Pick up litter!

Just like Earth Day, the trees and forest need us to help out and keep the system healthy. Do your part and go to a local park, or even just the street by your house, and pick up garbage and recyclables. Help keep our environment clean!

  • Read a book about trees!

Northwest Trek’s horticulturist recommends: for kids, start with: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. For adults, read The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.