NC Arbor Day – March 18, 2022

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North Carolina’s Arbor Day is just around the corner! Learn more about NC Arbor Day and celebrate with us!

Words read, "NC Arbor Day." On the right is a cartoon image of a tree.

What is Arbor Day?

Arbor Day is a day about celebrating trees and recognizing their many benefits to our lives. Typically, Arbor Day is celebrated by planting trees in the name of conservation by replenishing our forests and bringing trees to places in need. You can learn more about Arbor Day and its history on the Arbor Day Foundation website

When Do We Celebrate Arbor Day?

Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April. However, most states observe a separate Arbor Day on a date of their choosing in accordance with the best tree-planting times. In North Carolina, we celebrate Arbor on the first Friday following March 15. This year, NC Arbor Day falls on Friday, March 18. Find future NC Arbor Day dates with the NC Forest Service.

Be on the Lookout!

Background image of a tree canopy. In the center are the words, "March 18th. North Carolina Arbor Day! #NCForestsUnited." In the top left corner in the NC Forestry Association logo. In the top right corner in the NC Forest Service logo and the NCDA logo. In the bottom left corner is the NC Urban Forest Council logo. In the bottom right is the NC Project Learning Tree logo. In the center on the bottom is the NCSU Extension Forestry logo.

Join us in celebrating Arbor Day all week long, Sunday, March 13 through Friday, March 18! We’re teaming up with the NC Forest Service, NC Forestry Association, NC Project Learning Tree, and NC Urban Forest Council on Facebook and Twitter to give you all the tree-loving resources you need. Each day we’ve selected a different theme highlighting key parts of trees and forestry:

  • Monday – Why Trees are Important?
  • Tuesday – Forest diversity and Forest Types
  • Wednesday – Forest threats and Protect Our Forests
  • Thursday – Forest Products and Sustainability
  • Friday – Plant a Tree!

How to Celebrate

Arbor Day is all about giving thanks to your trees. There are many ways you can celebrate your trees. Here are a few ideas:

  • Pick up litter. The trees clean the air for us. Let’s clean up the ground for them.
  • Get outside. You can’t show your gratitude to trees from indoors. Get outside and spend time in nature.
  • Plant a tree! What better way to celebrate our trees than planting one? Learn more about how to best plant trees with our reforestation page.
  • Learn tree identification. Learn what trees are around you and their individual benefits.
  • Understand invasive species. You can protect trees by understanding invasive species that harm them and utilizing best practices to avoid further spread. Learn more about invasive species on our forest health page.
  • Manage your woodlots. The best way to have healthy trees is by learning forest management. Discover how to manage your forestland with our forest management page.

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