Attention all tree lovers — and for that matter, everyone else! April 26th is National Arbor Day, and the Arbor Day Foundation would like to encourage people to get outside and show your appreciation for all that trees do for us — and believe me when I tell you, it's a lot.

Before it grew into a global phenomenon, Arbor Day was created in Nebraska in the late 1800s. President Teddy Roosevelt officially recognized Arbor Day in 1907, and today, it is celebrated in over numerous countries, including France, Japan, Brazil, Tanzania, and Australia.

When you take some time to think about it, trees are amazing. They enhance the beauty of our yards, shade us from the heat, shelter us from the wind, and provide homes for a countless number of insects, birds, and animals. Trees can be a source of edible fruits and nuts. They display beautiful flowers in the spring and colorful foliage in the fall. Trees are fun to climb, fun to nap under, and their wood provides us with heat, lumber, and a multitude of paper products. Tress also help keep our air and water clean.

There are countless ways for parents and children to celebrate the beauty of trees and the wonder they can instill in us, and it is a great opportunity for families to get outside to spend some quality time together in the fresh air while celebrating these wonders of nature.

Here are a few suggestions on how to get it done:

1. Plant a Tree

The original inspiration for Arbor Day was to plant more trees. You can get more information from the Tree People and the Arbor Day Foundation.

2. Climb a Tree (But Do It Safely)

In his book Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv laments the loss of outdoor play for children, and in addition to catching frogs and riding bikes, includes climbing trees.

3. Read a Book About Trees

There are countless nature guides about trees, including "Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees" and "Trees: A Visual Guide."

4. Read a Book to Your Kids About Trees

Some of our favorites include "A Tree is Nice" and "The Lorax."

5. Take a Walk With Your Kids

Take some time to check out the trees and learn to identify them.

6. Go Hiking

What better way to get some exercise, spend quality time with your family, and be surrounded by trees.

7. Collect Some Leaves

This may be challenging in spring, but if possible, find leaves on the ground and try to identify the types of trees they came from.

8. Head to the Park, Where There Are Plenty of Trees

Some parks have signs to identify the different species, or have someone working there who can help.

9. Lay in the Grass and Look Up at a Tree

There is nothing quite as soothing and meditative as staring up into a tree on a warm, breezy day.

10. Write a Poem

Trees are wonderful sources of poetic inspiration.

11. Visit a Nursery

Most nurseries are happy to leave people alone to walk amongst their trees, and are great sources of information.

12. Look for Birds

Spring means the return of song birds, and trying to identify them can be loads of fun for the family.

13. Take a Nap

Find a nice, shady tree, lay your head down, and close your eyes. It's that simple.

14. Have a Picnic

The warmer weather makes having a picnic with friends and family a must.

15. Draw a Picture of a Tree

Look out your window for inspiration and ideas.

16. Draw Some Leaves

Then, locate the trees they came from.

17. Build a Birdhouse

A birdhouse is not as hard to make as you might think. Parents can cut the pieces and the kids can assemble them. 

18. Build a Feeder

It's very satisfying having birds come to your house to dine, and can be as simple as a small platform with seeds on it.

19. Hug a Tree

The calming effect trees is truly, and I can promise you they'll never protest.

20. Make Some Maple Syrup

Making syrup is simple, it just takes adult supervision and some time. How to Make Syrup at Home from Mother Earth News is a good place to begin.

In the end, celebrating Arbor Day can be as involved or simple as you want it to be. Furthermore, it doesn't have to be (or it shouldn't be) limited to just one day. Trees, after all, bestow us with the gift of their presence every day of the year, so take a little time to celebrate trees and teach your kids how special they are.

For more information, visit the Arbor Day Foundation website.