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Celebrate North Carolina’s Arbor Day!

Smokey and future foresters!

Smokey and future foresters!

A day is set aside each year in North Carolina, as in many other states, to show just how much trees are appreciated. In 1967 the North Carolina legislature ratified a bill stating in part “Whereas, it is desirable that the planting of seedlings and flowering shrubs be encouraged to promote the beautification and conservation of the vast and varied resources of North Carolina, and whereas the designation of a particular day each year as Arbor Day would encourage and draw attention to a concerted effort by North Carolinians to beautify and conserve the state’s resources by planting young trees and shrubs.” Arbor Day in North Carolina has been designated as the first Friday following March 15. This year North Carolina’s Arbor Day falls on March 22, 2024.

Distributing free seedlings

Distributing free seedlings

Ways  You Can 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. Check out our new tree identification resource helping you identify 21 of North Carolina’s most common trees.
  • 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.

Past Celebrations:

Image of 2023 festival layout at John Chavis Memorial Park.

Image of 2023 festival layout at John Chavis Memorial Park.

We had a great time celebrating our trees at the 2023 NC Arbor Day Festival. Read about this fun-filled festival in our recent article, “NC State College of Natural Resources Brings Back the NC Arbor Day Festival.”

Written By

Renee Strnad, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRenee StrnadEnvironmental Educator Call Renee Email Renee Forestry & Environmental Resources
NC State Extension, NC State University
Page Last Updated: 5 months ago
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