For the past 135 years, people all over the United States have celebrated a day of optimism and kindness directed towards mother nature. This year, National Arbor Day is April 30th, 2010. Set aside some time on this special day to plant a tree. It is more important to plant a tree now, more than ever before.
Celebrating Arbor Day can be as small and spiritual or big and fancy. If you’re looking for a small celebration, take it upon yourself and plant a tree in your own back yard. Something a little bigger? Head to one of the local schools to donate a few saplings for the children to plant on the school property. Have a large group of people willing to celebrate together? Plant several trees in a recreational park in our community. It doesn’t really matter how you celebrate, just take a moment to appreciate nature and enjoy the outdoors.
On Thursday, April 8th, citizens of Ocean Pines, MD, celebrated Arbor Day together by having a party in Pintail Park. A memorial tree planting ceremony was held to create awareness for Arbor Day and plant trees in memory of loved ones lost. A ceremony was held at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club after the tree planting. The celebration consisted of a nice lunch, bagpiper, Larry Dunlop, and an appearance by Judy Boggs, Worcester County Commissioner.
Ocean City will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 23rd. Northside Park (125th Street, bayside) will be buzzing with children from Ocean City Elementary School, City Council members, and Ocean City community members. The 2nd grade students from Ocean City Elementary will read poems, sing songs, and display artwork showing their love for trees.
For Arbor Day, the Ocean City Beautification Committee has worked with students and supported the planting of trees in our town. The National Arbor Day Foundation has selected Ocean City as a winner of the “Tree City USA” award this year, and for the past 22 years. Our lovely town was the first-ever barrier island in the United States to win this award. Maryland’s chapter of People Loving and Nurturing Trees have presented Ocean City with a “Community Award” for our Arbor Day celebration year after year.
To watch the ceremony and tree planting take place, be sure the head to Northside Park in Ocean City on April 23rd. The celebration starts at 9 a.m. with refreshments in the park’s Community Room.