Since 1872, Arbor Day has been recognized as a time to plant, care for, and appreciate trees. Even from home, we can all take practical steps to care for trees and green spaces and to work for a future that is greener, healthier, and more beautiful. Here are some suggestions of things you can do to protect and celebrate trees:
Get to know your trees
Use the Arboretum’s plant advice pages to research and choose a new tree that is the right size and species for your yard.
Use the Tree Finder by May Theilgaard Watts, founder of the Arboretum’s education program, to learn tree ID basics.
Care for trees and green space
Consult the plant advice pages for information on how to care for your trees.
Ask the Plant Clinic about tree care practices or problems, or to seek other plant and gardening advice.
Watch Plant Clinic videos about tree care.
Register for an online course to learn about trees, nature, gardening, or ecological restoration.
Support the Arboretum
Arbor Day history
Arbor Day is an annual celebration of trees. The first Arbor Day took place in 1872 in Nebraska. Joy Morton would go on to found The Morton Arboretum 50 years later.
In many states, including Illinois, Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. Some states and nations have other dates. Learn more about the history of Arbor Day.