by Katelyn Brehmer, Education Intern

DSC_1937 (low res)It’s spring at The Arboretum!  New blooms, fresh green grass, and fun, springtime events make this one of my favorite seasons. There is always something fun to see and do on Arboretum grounds, especially in April when one of the biggest events of the year takes place–Arbor Day! After over 12 years of visiting, some of my fondest memories are attending and volunteering at the Arbor Day Festival.

This event is a great reminder of the many reasons trees and nature are so important.  Arbor Day was started on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska City, Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton, a nature enthusiast who advocated the importance of trees. Nebraska’s first Arbor Day was a success as they planted more than one million trees! The event gained so much attention that throughout the 1870’s other states passed legislation to observe Arbor Day on April 22 (Morton’s birthday). Today, Arbor Day is recognized throughout the world to raise awareness of the important role trees play in our environment. By celebrating Arbor Day and educating ourselves on the importance of trees, we can all take one small step toward a healthier environment and greener living.  tree climbing  (low res)

Visit The Arboretum’s Arbor Day Festival this year on April 26, from 10am – 4pm. With community organizations from all over Ohio, interactive displays, giveaways, crafts and tree climbing, the Arbor Day Festival is a truly unique experience. This year, there are tons of hands-on learning opportunities for all ages as well as performances by The Turtle Lady and her amazing reptile and amphibian friends! See performances at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3pm. Also, the first 250 families receive a free tree to plant in honor of Arbor Day.