People Celebrate Arbor Day in Unique Ways
Arbor Day is a national holiday that’s been around for 150 years.
“Here in Minnesota we have a lot of trees, people take it for granted,” said Paul Buck, Plymouth’s city forester. “Nobody really celebrates Arbor Day. Nobody gives out Arbor Day cards….okay I do, but I’m a tree hugger.”
Buck’s love for trees is evident, and says while it might be cliche, he’s never had a day where he didn’t want to come to work.
“Really, look behind me, why wouldn’t I want to work here?” said Buck.
Want to celebrate Arbor Day?
- Consider planting a tree or donating a tree.
- Learn more about trees and a changing climate from Minnesota DNR here.
- Consider attending a cleanup or tree-planting event. You can check out events in Hennepin County here.
“The research is there that it calms you down, your blood pressure goes down,” said Buck. “It’s not magic. It’s that connection with nature. We want people to be out in nature, whether it’s walking in the woods, looking for birds, looking for plants, it’s just calming to be in nature.”
Disc Golfers Agree on ‘Tree Love’
A disc golf course in Plymouth takes players through the woods.
“Minnesota is unique for having the wooded courses,” said Ben Hartman, an avid disc golfer. “It’s a fun course and I appreciate being out here in the course. I love the trees and playing in them.”
Players even have a saying that when you hit a tree and it re-corrects your throw that you have “tree love.”
“It fixes everything you did wrong. I got to give some love to the tree, because it gave some love to me,” said Quinn Hiller, a disc golfer.