Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree
Happy Arbor Day
Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. The idea for Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Among the pioneers moving into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 was Julius Sterling Morton from Detroit. He and his wife, Caroline, were lovers of nature, and the home they established in Nebraska was quickly planted with trees, shrubs, and flowers. A visit to Nebraska today wouldn’t disclose the state was once a treeless plain, yet it was the lack of trees there that led to the founding of Arbor Day in the 1800s. Morton wrote and spoke about environmental stewardship and the interrelatedness of life. He encouraged everyone to set aside a specific day to plant trees. In 1872, the State Board of Agriculture accepted a resolution by J. Sterling Morton “to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest, and fruit.”
The Board declared April 10 Arbor Day and offered prizes to the counties and individuals that properly planted the largest number of trees on that day. More than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. With this first tree-planting holiday observance, J. Sterling Morton became known as the “Founder of Arbor Day.” Arbor Day became a national holiday in 1885, and was moved to April 22nd. In the United States, this tree planting festival is called Arbor Day. In Israel, it is called the New Year’s Day of the Trees, Korea has a Tree-Loving Week, Iceland has a Student’s Afforestation Day, Yugoslavia holds an Arbor Day in the spring and an Afforestation Day in the fall, and India celebrates a National Festival of Tree Planting.
Places to enjoy our community of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and The Verde Valley:
Now thru 4/29—Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival—numerous workshops, presentations & more at Dead Horse Ranch State Park—birdyverde.org.
4/27—Sedona Public Library’s 60th Anniversary Celebration; 1-3pm—http://Sedonalibrary.org.
4/27—Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk; 5-8pm—artthe4th.com.
4/27—4/29—Sedona Artists Open Studios Tour; 10am-5pm— http://sedonaartistscoalition.org
4/27—4/29—14th Annual Whiskey Off-Road Bike Challenge—epicrides.com/whiskey-off-road.
4/28—State Horseshoe Tournament; 9 am at Watson Lake Park—Prescott-az.gov.
4/28—Verde River Rockhounds present “Rocks in the Park II” Rock and Mineral Sale; 9am-5pm at Windmill Park, Cornville—Sedona.net.
4/28—Live satellite broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of “Cendrillon”; 9:55 am at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center in Prescott and the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona, with 4pm encore performance in Sedona—ycpac.com and sedonafilmfestival.org.
4/28—1st Annual Community Sustainability Fun Day; 10am-2pm at Granite Creek Park—Prescott-az.gov.
4/28—Kaleidoscope of Color 2018, Prescott Festival of Iris—10am-3pm at Mortimer Nursery—prescottirissociety.org.
4/27—4/29—Great Ladybug Release; 2-3pm at Watters Garden Center—wattersgardencenter.com. 4/28—Sedona Heritage Museum Rummage and Treasurers Sale; 9am-3pm—sedonamuseum.org.
4/28—Tom and Shondra’s Music Extravaganza!; 7 pm at Majestic Theatre Sedona—majestictheatresedona.com.
4/28—Mile High PBR (Professional Bull Riding); 7:30 pm at Prescott Valley Event Center—prescottvalleyeventcenter.com.
4/28—Sugar & the Mint in concert; 7 pm at Old Town Center for the Arts—oldtown.org.
4/29—Sunday Lecture: Sedona’s Fantastic Hummingbirds; 2 pm with Dr. H. Ross Hawkins at Red Rock State Park— azstateparks.com.
4/29—Prescott Chamber Players Concert; 2-3pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church—prescottchamberplayers.com.
4/29—World Culture Choral Union; 3-5pm at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center—ycpac.com.
4/29—National Theatre of London’s performance of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” hits the big screen of Sedona; 3 pm at Mary D. Fisher Theater—sedonafilmfestival.org.
4/29—Verde Valley Voices Spring Concert 2018; 3 pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church—verdevalleyvoices.org.
4/29—Moonlight Hike; 5:45 pm at Red Rock State Park—azstateparks.com.
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