Next Saturday: Ferguson Township will celebrate Arbor Day at Tudek Park

Date: April 22, 2017

Ferguson Township will celebrate Arbor Day from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, April 29, in the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden at Tom Tudek Memorial Park.

A brief history of Arbor Day

J. Sterling Morton is known as the “Founder of Arbor Day." A pioneer from Detroit, Morton missed the trees he was accustomed to when he moved west to start a new home in 1854. In 1872, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture accepted a resolution by Morton to set aside one day each year to plant trees. The Board declared April 10, 1872 Arbor Day. On that very day, more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska. These trees provided other settlers with fire wood, wind breaks, and building materials.

By 1920, more than 45 states and territories had passed legislation to observe Arbor Day. Today, all 50 states and other U.S. territories observe Arbor Day. The National Arbor Day celebration is always observed on the last Friday of April. Arbor Day is a celebration of the future. Celebrating Arbor Day by planting trees is a way to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty and resources that trees offer us.

Ferguson Township held its first ever Arbor Day celebration in 2016.

This year, a call for volunteers to help in the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden

Volunteers are needed to help restore the native habitat at the gardens. Invasive species will be removed and new trees will be planted.

The Township's Arbor Day Proclamation will be read. Light refreshments will be provided.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the native habitat at the garden. Please consider joining us for a few hours to do some work, have some laughs, and learn something along the way.

By participating in the tree planting and habitat restoration of the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden, you will be helping to protect its future as well as all the creatures that inhabit it. You'll be helping to beautify and restore the landscape with native plants so that it can continue to attract birds and pollinators — touching the hearts and minds of all who encounter this patch of environmental stewardship.