Last weekend we celebrated Easter, and we have another holiday this weekend---well---actually it's celebrated on Friday-----Arbor Day is always the last Friday in April here in the U.S.  This year it falls on April 25th

What is Arbor Day?  It's an actual holiday in which people are encouraged to plant and care for trees.   Did you know…”arbor” means “tree” in Latin?  The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska way back on April 10, 1872. It was started by J. Sterling Morton, who was a Nebraska newspaper publisher.  He encouraged Nebraska residents to plant trees to beautify their state. He offered prizes for the most trees planted….over a million trees were planted on that first Arbor Day!

The National Arbor Day Foundation estimates that 18 million trees are planted each year on Arbor Day.  Are you going to join in the fun?

Can you guess what North Dakota’s state tree is?  It's pictured below:

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The answer s the American Elm--North Dakota's Official State Tree!