National Arbor Day Foundation

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The Arbor Day Foundation is the world's oldest and largest tree-planting organization.[1] Its million members plant millions of trees every year. New members receive 10 free trees. The foundation began September 3, 1971 with a mission "to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees". The Arbor Day Holiday was founded more than 120 years ago in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by J. Sterling Morton. The Foundation is supported by donations, selling trees and merchandise, and by corporate sponsors, such as Home Depot, Citigroup, Frito Lay, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.


The Arbor Day Foundation operates the Rain Forest Rescue charity. For every $10 contributed by public donations, 2,500 square feet (230 m2) area of rain forest is saved in the name of the donator. Rain Forest Rescue has preserved nearly two billion square feet of land this way.

  • Arbor Day Specialty Coffee is a Rain Forest Rescue program that helps preserve the rain forest through shade-grown coffee techniques. The coffee is also certified Fair Trade and Organic.

The Foundation also encourages communities across the nation to become Tree City USAs by meeting four standards:

  • The community must have a tree board or department.
  • The community must have established on ordinance for tree care.
  • There must be a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.
  • The community must have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Nature Explore Club (briefly called Kids Explore Club) is a program designed to help educators, parents, and caregivers connect young children with nature. The program has grown steadily to provide activities and projects for preschool through third grade as well as give educators an opportunity to build and certify a Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom using safe, durable, natural components.

Carly's Kids Corner, is a program designed for 4th grade and up. The mascot, Carly Cardinal, was used since the 1980s. It features games such as Who Wants to Be a Treelionaire (parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire).

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