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Earth Day is on April 22. Everyone knows this. However, there is another somewhat lesser known environmental holiday that also takes place this month (depending on where you live). The holiday I am referring to is Arbor Day.

Arbor Day is a day dedicated to the planting, care, and celebration of trees. It was officially founded in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. Many countries around the world celebrate Arbor Day, but the dates vary depending on which country you are in or from. Germany, Japan, Kenya, South Korea, and the US all celebrate Arbor Day (or a similar day) in April. Most other countries celebrate their own version of Arbor Day somewhere between March and September.

There are a number of awesome tree organizations around the world that you can help out for this year’s Arbor Day.

First of all, there’s the Arbor Day Foundation. This website contains all the information you can think of about the great tree holiday. Here, you can find information on the history of Arbor Day, plus tree identification guides, tree care tips, gift ideas, education resources, and a lot more.

Another great site worth checking out is Trees for Life International. This organization works on a number of sustainable living projects. They teach people in developing countries how to grow and care for their own fruit trees. They build libraries and learning centers, and donate computers, books and even cook stoves to people in need. There are many options available on their site for volunteering, internships, gift giving or making a number of helpful donations. You may also wish to check out Trees for the Future, as it also has similar programs, information and ongoing projects to learn about or get involved with.

Last, but certainly not least, we can’t forget the rainforest. Organizations such as Rainforest Rescue International and the Rainforest Action Network do tremendous amounts of work to help the rainforests and the creatures who inhabit them. Check out their sites to find out about research, tree planting projects, eco tours, acre protection programs, and a lot more!

I will definitely be planting some trees this Arbor Day. How will you be spending yours?