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Commemorate Arbor Day while social distancing

Arbor Day is April 30th this year.

Arbor day posters and bookmarks from 2021 and 2020 are available if you wish them.

From Steven Sherwood:

If you would like to have someone from the DEC Potsdam Office at your Arbor Day Event, please let me know. Also, you can have an Arbor Day Celebration during Earth Day (April 22nd) Day, Earth Week (the week of April 18th to April 25th this year), or some other time.

Below are some ideas on how to celebrate Arbor Day from our public website, which can also be found by going to

Commemorating Arbor Day While Social Distancing

2020 Arbor Day poster. Photo by Paul Bergwall.

While Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated as a public community event, there are lots of ways to celebrate as a family and to connect with your neighbors remotely. Even though we may not be able to gather this year due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, we can still celebrate trees in our own yards and online. Here are some ideas for how to commemorate Arbor Day while social distancing:

For communities:

· Want to host a socially-distanced tree planting? Use this checklist of things to consider and how to run one from the Alliance for Community Trees (leaves DEC website)

· Create an Instagram hashtag where community members can post photos of their families commemorating Arbor Day.

· Create a Facebook Live video so community members can watch your Arbor Day ceremony in real time.

· Label street trees with sidewalk chalk to introduce locals to the trees around them. Include species, native region, and a fun fact or two.

· Download our tree tags (PDF) and share photos of them on trees around town or in the local park. Community members will be shocked by the value and benefits of the trees in their neighborhood! Check out i-tree mytree (leaves DEC website), a simple web application that will calculate the benefits of trees in your neighborhood. You only have to know a few key facts about your tree: the species, condition, diameter and sun exposure.

· Share some photos of your town's most famous trees, and include some fun and educational facts about why trees are important.

· Have an online Arbor Day art or photography contest for all ages.

It's important to remember that Arbor Day can be any day! While in New York State Arbor Day is officially celebrated on the last Friday in April, Arbor Day can be celebrated in the Summer, Fall, and even Winter! Trees are equally important and worth celebrating in every season.

Steven Sherwood

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Forester 1, Private Land Services

Division of Lands and Forests

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Region 6, Potsdam Sub-office

190 Outer Main Street, Suite 103

Potsdam, NY 13676

P: (315) 274-3335 l F: (315) 265-2513 l

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