Arbor Month—May 2016

Minnesota State Parks celebrating 125 years.

Celebrate the health benefits of trees

Did you know trees are good for your health?

  • Trees help reduce skin cancer.
  • Trees and shrubs can reduce stressful noises by 50%.
  • Trees decrease mental stress and promote healing.
  • Trees clean the air and reduce air temperatures.
  • Tree-lined streets encourage walking.

Learn more about trees and health.

How will you celebrate Arbor Day and Arbor Month?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Attend a celebration near you.
  • Like and share the #DailyDoseOfTrees posts and tweets on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Order a copy of the "Get Your Daily Dose of Trees" infographic and put it up in your office.
  • Share the "Get Your Daily Dose of Trees" video.
  • Plant a tree in your yard and make sure to water it once a week for the first three years.
  • Attend or watch a free UMR CONNECTS Health Benefits of Trees professional speaker series

About Arbor Day and Arbor Month

Every year the DNR celebrates Arbor Day, the last Friday in April (April 29 this year) and Arbor Month, the entire month of May.

Arbor Day celebrations began in Nebraska in 1872. Nebraska, along with other Great Plains states, had almost no trees. Still, the region grew flourishing agricultural crops and the climate was suitable for growing trees. J. Sterling Morton believed Nebraska needed more trees. He sponsored a campaign for tree planting in Nebraska, setting aside April 10 for just that purpose. In 1876, Minnesota became the fourth state to adopt the tradition of celebrating Arbor Day. Today all 50 states observe Arbor Day on various dates. Minnesota celebrates Arbor Day on the last Friday in April.

Since 1978, May has been Arbor Month in Minnesota. The warmer weather in May allows newly planted trees to get off to a good start. Plus celebrating the importance of trees is extended for an entire month.