TREES & Plants

Arbor Day celebrations

Celebrating Arbor Day is a great way to bring together your community, school, neighborhood or family.  Arbor Day, a national day to plant and celebrate trees,  was founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton, the father of The Morton Arboretum founder, Joy Morton. The date of Arbor Day varies by state. LEARN MORE.

Tree tag kits

One way to celebrate Arbor Day is to undestand the real value of a tree in your life. With our Arbor Day Tree Tag Kits, a group can calculate the dollar value of the benefits of a particular tree, bringing awareness of how useful trees are in addition to their beauty.

Tree Tag Kits are available for use by individuals, school groups, community groups and municipalities.  To raise community awareness of the value of trees, it's best to hang tree tags on trees that are most visible to passersby. Schoolyards, parks and downtown street trees make great choices. 

Depending on the grade level and number of students, this hands-on activity will take approximately 2 to 3 hours and is best done over two days.  Internet access is required. Parts of this activity are best done indoors while other parts require students to be outdoors.

Each kit contains:

  • (20) 11x17 inch weather resistant tags (made from recycled materials)
  • measuring tape
  • twine for hanging tags
  • marker
  • web links for tree I.D. assistance
  • activity instructions
  • Grades 3 to 12 lesson plans (STEM)
  • Arbor Day celebration ideas


Tree City USA

Many communities have shown how they value trees and built support for their community forests by applying to become a Tree City USA. LEARN MORe