- National Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is the world's oldest and largest tree-planting organization. The foundation began September 3, 1971 with a mission "to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees". The Foundation is supported by donations, selling trees and merchandise, and by corporate sponsors. The Arbor Day Holiday was founded more than 120 years ago in Nebraska City, Nebraska, by J. Sterling Morton.
The Foundation 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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