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Arbor Day Celebration This Friday
Apr 20, 2015 --

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact Information:                                                 Phone:            (517) 543-5848 x 5

Jennifer Hunnell                                                          Email:            miarborday@gmail.com

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance                         Website:             www.miarbordayalliance.org

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813                   Sent:              4-20-15           

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-20-15

 

1,100 Students to Celebrate Arbor Day

at Potter Park Zoo

  

MICHIGAN– The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) invites you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day. On Friday, April 24, 2015 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for over 1,100 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park in Lansing. Volunteers from local organizations and agencies will spend the day teaching students about energy, water, wildlife, soil, and of course, trees.

“Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate all the wonderful things trees give us every day. Trees clean our air and water, stop flooding, keep banks of rivers and streams from eroding, save us energy by shading buildings, improve our health, the list goes on,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell. MADA encourages you to celebrate Arbor Day in your own way by planting a tree, volunteering at a local park or nature center, recycling, using reusable grocery bags, reading a nature-themed book to a classroom, visiting a local park, or organizing a community beautification project or clean-up effort. Several Michigan communities are also hosting their own Arbor Day Celebrations.  Find an event in your area on our website, www.miarbordayalliance.org and check out the Community Calendar.

The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska on April 10, 1872.  J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer and journalist championed the idea of a "tree planting" holiday in the Nebraska Territory. In 1885, the Michigan Legislature resolved "that the Governor is hereby requested to call the attention of the people of the state to the importance of planting trees for ornament and by naming a day upon which the work shall be given special attention to be known as Arbor Day." Each year the Governor and Michigan Legislature proclaim the last week in April as Arbor Week and Arbor Day as the last Friday of that week.

 

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District in Charlotte, MI and is made possible through a partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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