Today in Science
Today is National Arbor Day. The last Friday of April is traditionally set aside as a day for planting and caring for trees.
First celebrated in Nebraska in 1872, the original Arbor Day was the brainchild of journalist and politician J. Sterling Morton, who wanted to encourage tree-planting as a community benefit to the prairie pioneers. On April 10, 1872, Sterling held a contest to see which counties and individuals could plant the most trees on the day. More than a million trees were planted that day as a result.
Check out some tree-related resources from Science NetLinks:
- Look at Those Leaves (K-2)
- 2010 BioBlitz BobCast 4: Mangroves (K-12)
- A Seabird in the Forest (3-5)
- Atmospheric Aspirin (6-12)
- Rainforests & Rainfall (6-12)
- Squirrel Hoarding (6-12)
- Tree Torture (6-12)
- WWII Tree Disease (6-12)
- The Wild Trees (9-12)