Ideas to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day..

Ideas to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day

Love-your-planet activities for everyone in your family.

Arbor Day vs Earth Day

Arbor Day was originally proposed in the 1800's as a day to plant a tree with the intention of repopulation. Arbor Day is now a widely celebrated holiday across the nation. In the 1970's, Earth Day was set as a holiday to raise awareness of pollution and other environmental issues.

These type of holidays are intended to raise public awareness of nature and environmental protection and air and water pollution.

Ways to celebrate

Arbor Day and Earth Day are celebrated in the spring, typically in April and May, depending on your state. Here are a few practical and fun ideas you can do to celebrate these holidays and make a difference.

In your community

  • Get outside and enjoy nature.
  • Plant a tree, plant or community garden.
  • Visit a park or arboretum.
  • Stroll on a beach, bike on a trail or take a hike.
  • Pick up trash along the sidewalks and roads.
  • Help with or coordinate a community service event.
  • Donate to an environmentally friendly cause, charity or food pantry.

In your yard

  • Put up a bird feeder or birdhouse.
  • Pick up fallen sticks to beautify your home.
  • Plant something green, such as a tree, native grasses or butterfly-friendly flowers.
  • Set up a compost bin.

In your home

  • Look for ways to be energy efficient.
    • Fix air and water leaks.
    • Install long-lasting, energy-saving LED light bulbs.
    • Unplug appliances not in use.
  • Switch to earth-friendly cleaning products.
  • Sign up for e-billing on all accounts to reduce paper.
  • Stash and reuse plastic grocery bags.
  • Safely dispose of light bulbs, electronics, batteries, paint and chemicals/toxins.

At your workplace or office

  • Buy a reusable water bottle or coffee cup.
  • Install long-lasting, energy-saving LED light bulbs.
  • Find ways to reduce paper product usage.
  • Commit to biking or carpooling to work once a week.
  • Recycle.

Arbor Day for kids

Think about some of these ideas to celebrate Arbor Day with kids.

  • Participate in or coordinate a kid-friendly volunteer event.
  • Pick up litter.
  • Build a birdhouse or bird feeder.
  • Build a terrarium.
  • Build a bug hotel.
  • Make an Earth Day collage.
  • Create an art project from recycled products.
  • Visit the zoo.
  • Plant something indoors or outdoors.

Earth Day activities for adults

Here are a few Earth Day activities many adults enjoy.

  • Make a donation to a charity in honor of Earth Day.
  • Clean out your closet and donate items to a second-hand store.
  • Plant something indoors or outdoors.
  • Pick up litter in a park or public place.
  • Attend an Earth Day event or lecture.
  • Visit a botanical garden.

You can also contribute and recognize Arbor Day and Earth Day year round by using earth-friendly practices every day.

National Arbor Day and Earth Day are celebrated in April — and April is National Volunteer Month. Luckily, you don't have to choose just one day or even one month to make a difference in the world around you.

Here are ways to celebrate and be kinder to the planet.


Help beautify a place that's important to your family.

  • Take a trash challenge: Vow to pick up 5 pieces of trash on an outing.
  • Visit a place you love, such as the library, and pick up litter (outside or inside).
  • Focus on your very own sidewalk, curb and street for trash cleanup. Each person produces about 4.9 lbs. of trash a day.1


  1. Put up a bird feeder or birdhouse.
  2. Pick a kid-friendly activity, such as picking up fallen sticks, to beautify your home.
  3. Plant something green, such as a tree, native grasses or butterfly-friendly flowers.
  4. Set up a compost bin. In the U.S., approximately 3,000 pounds of food go to waste every second.2


Increase energy efficiency.

Switch to earth-friendly cleaning products.

  • Research reputable brands or make your own products.

Recycle challenging items.

  • Light bulbs.
  • Batteries and electronics
  • Paint and chemicals
  • Unused and outdated medications

Visit to find a drop-off location near you.


Little fixes make a difference.


Enjoying nature is a great way to show your appreciation for the planet.

  • Visit a park or arboretum.
  • Stroll on a beach.
  • Bike on a trail.
  • Take a hike.


The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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