More trees equal better air quality and no organization is more involved with trees than the Arbor Day Foundation.  The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees.  The organization began in 1972 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Arbor Day.  Each year, the Arbor Day Foundation plants and distributes more than 10 million trees each year.

On a global level, they help to preserve rain forest land through the Rain Forest Rescue program. So far, more than 48,000 acres of rain forest land have been preserved through the Foundation’s efforts.  Closer to home, the organization works with the U.S. Forest Service to plant trees in America’s national forests and the National Association of State Foresters to plant trees in state forests. Since 1990, more than 20 million forestland trees have been planted.  On the local front, the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes more than 3,300 communities through the Tree City USA program, which honors cities and towns that are committed to planting and nurturing trees.

As part of an outreach program to children, the organization provides resources for childcare centers, elementary schools, preschools and parks to connect children with nature through the Foundation’s comprehensive Nature Explore Program.  You might remember the exhibit we hosted, Exploring Trees Inside and Out.  This exhibit was developed by the Arbor Day Foundation.

To find out more, visit the Arbor Day Foundation at www.arborday.org.


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