Celebrate Arbor Day With Us
Apr 14, 2017
Michigan Arbor Day Alliance
551 Courthouse Dr., Suite 3
Charlotte, MI 48813
Phone: 517-543-1512 x 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 4-14-17
Students Celebrate Trees at Potter Park
MICHIGAN – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) invites you to join us in celebrating Arbor Day. On Friday, April 28, 2017 MADA will be hosting the State Arbor Day Celebration for approximately 1,000 second and third grade mid-Michigan students at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing. Volunteers from local organizations and agencies will spend the day teaching students about outdoor topics like trees, invasive species, water, and wildlife. This is also the day the official State Arbor Day Tree will be planted, with one lucky class getting to assist.
“Arbor Day is a day set aside for the trees. Trees help clean our air and water, reduce flooding, keep banks of rivers and streams from eroding, save us energy by shading buildings, improve our mental and physical health, the list goes on. They deserve at least one day all to themselves,” says MADA Program Coordinator Jennifer Hunnell. “After all, where would we be without trees?”
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, visiting a local park, or participating in a community 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.