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Arbor Day Resources 2016

Posted by Ron Wolford - Trees

Arbor Day is celebrated in Illinois on April 29, 2016. Across the United States Arbor Day is mostly a spring event, but some states celebrate Arbor Day in other months. The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was started by Julius Sterling Morton. His son, Joy Morton founded the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. The following are some Arbor Day related web sites that celebrate the beauty and value of trees.

National Arbor Day

Learn about trees, their benefits, value and general care.

Arbor Day History

Learn about the origin of Arbor day started by Julius Sterling Morton.

How to Celebrate Arbor Day

Discover ideas on how to celebrate Arbor Day in your community.

U.S. State Trees

Each of the 50 states and several United States territories have designated an official tree.

What Tree Is That? Mobile and Online Versions

Tree Identification Guides from


This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

US Forest Service "Smokey Bear" website provides a host of activities for students, including forest crossword puzzles, activity book, find the fire hazards, coloring pages and a forest word find.

Illinois Forestry

Educational web site about Illinois' most valuable, renewable natural resource –trees.

Forestry Images

Images of tree insects, diseases and more

Oregon State University: Woody Landscape Plants Database

A database of almost 900 woody landscape plants.

Trees Are Good

Educational web site of the International Society of Aboriculture.

Miracle of Fall

Learn why leaves change color, check foliage updates, driving tours, cams, photos, and festivals.

Selecting Trees for Your Home

This site will help you make informed decisions when selecting a tree for your home landscape.

Selecting Illinois Trees

Buying a tree is a major investment. Here's help in choosing the best tree for your location.

Cornell University: Recommended Urban Trees

Helps you choose the best tree for your site, plus profiles of best urban trees.

Tree Web sites for Kids:

Arbor Day Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources

Collections of lesson plans, ideas and resources for celebrating Arbor Day

Trees are Terrific

Listen and read along with Pierre Quercus to learn about trees and their value to us.

Exploring the Secret Life of Trees

Learn all about the parts of a tree and gain an appreciation of trees.

Walk in the Woods

Take a virtual walk in the woods and learn about all the wonders of nature.

Dr. Arbor Talks Trees

Focuses on tree anatomy and physiology. Students will learn some of the basic inner workings, chemical principles, and fun ways to get to know trees better

Kids for Trees

Tree curriculum for kids from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, includes a teacher's guide.

Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Teacher's Guide

Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat is an exhibit at The Morton Arboretum that provides an interpretative lesson plan focused on the importance of endangered trees. A teacher's guide, and other resources, are available for this unique exhibit.Find lesson plans for grades Pre-K through 12 within the downloadable guide provided. Or, select the grade-specific guide listed.

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