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Arbor Day: Celebrating trees in central Ohio

Arbor Day, a nationally-celebrated observance, encourages the planting and care of trees. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April in Ohio.

The Arbor Day Foundation recognizes individual locales designated as a Tree City USA, such as Grove City, OH, so recognized for the past 20 years.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources provides the following valuable information related to the history of the holiday along with educational resources and materials:

Arbor Day is a celebration of Trees -- what they do for us and what we can do for them.

Ohioans plant and care for nearly 15 million trees each year.

Ohio's forested acreage has increased from 12% in the 1940's to 31% by 2005.

Ohio's "urban forests" are probably the fastest increasing forested areas in the State.

Ohio leads the Nation in the number of certified Tree City USA communities.

The Governor of Ohio proclaims Arbor Day each year with an official resolution.

Many Schools and local communities conduct Arbor Day events complete with tree plantings.

What can you do for Arbor Day?

  • Plant a tree.
  • Care for a tree.
  • Enter an Arbor Day poster contest.
  • Get involved with your community tree committee.
  • Get your friends to help you plant and care for trees.
  • Offer to water a newly planted tree at your school over the summer months.

Local Events:

Arbor Day on the Oval—OSU—April 26, 2013

Arbor Day Celebration

The public is invited to join the Friends of Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens to celebrate Arbor Day on the Oval. Activities include dedicating several newly planted trees and announcing the recipients of our Lorax Award, the highest recognition given to those who speak for the trees.

In addition, the celebration includes the Tree Campus USA certification, as the organization enters its second year of this high achievement presented to The Ohio State University by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Location: Chadwick Arboretum
Date: Friday, April 26, 2013

Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Admission: Free
Address: Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-3479

Arbor Day Festival--April 27, 2013

Arbor Day--a celebration of trees and nature—this annual outdoor event is sponsored in part by the Energy Cooperative. Families can expect a fun-filled day with lots of hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, displays, and tree climbing. The festival features Dr. Insecta and his Incredible Unforgettable Bug Lab Experience, a fusion of entomology and magic that will delight all ages. Arboretum staff will be on hand showcasing and selling nursery plants. Plus, the first 250 families have an opportunity to take home their own tree to plant in honor of Arbor Day.

Location: Dawes Arboretum
Time: Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address: 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE, Newark, OH 43056
Phone: 740-323-2355

Earth Day—Stand Together—April 27, 2013

On Saturday, April 27 participants will Stand Together to enjoy favorite local bands, food trucks, along with environmental groups, green businesses, and more at a Columbus Commons celebration commemorating Earth Day 2013 accomplishments.

Location: Columbus Commons
Time: Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address: 160 S. High St., Columbus, 43215
Phone: 614-285-4535

To learn more about the schedule of events and other details, click here:

Grove City—Recognized a Tree City USA winner

2013 marks the recognition of Grove City as a Tree City USA award winner for the past 20 years. “As the name of our community indicates, trees are important to Grove City,” Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage said in a written statement. “We are proud to be recognized nationally as a Tree City USA community, as we have each year since 1993.”

The accompanying video offers a vocal rendition of “Trees” based on the famous poem by Joyce Kilmer with a version by the Luton Girls Choir.

Click here to read a related article on Arbor Day and to view a slide show of Trees in the Bible.

Arbor Day emphasizes the importance of trees in our daily lives and brings to mind the significance of trees in the Bible as well. The following is listing of some of the trees mentioned in the Scriptures, offering a brief description of a number of the specific trees seen in a Slide Show of Trees Found in the Bible. provides commentary and photography related to symbolisms and significance of trees in the Bible, from which some of the following information is taken.


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