Summer Solstice Edition 2013
I'd like to gently suggest one more thing Druids can do spiritually to help the Earth. Celebrate Arbor Day. Not just Earth Day, although that is important, too.
After all, how many think the following is true: Tree = Druids
Better yet, get your protogrove/grovies involved either as a community service project, or just as a way to express your inner Druid in a mainstream, public kind of way.
Yes, I know National Arbor Day is in April, which is close to a whole turn of the wheel away. Get involved now.
- Trees, as living things, require year round care especially during the warmer months (you don't just celebrate one high day each year, do you?)
- It takes time to put on a successful event (your own group doesn't just throw together its rituals without any planning, does it?)
- There are other Arbor Day related projects that also need volunteers (our group has an ongoing, year round riparian restoration project as well as a heritage tree program)
To find out how to volunteer for the next Arbor Day, get in touch with your local tree committee. To do that, you will need to track down your city's website. To find it, simply type in the name and state into Wikipedia. Once at your city's website, do a search for "tree committee" and/or "tree commission" to find out who can give you more information on both the local Arbor Day celebration and/or additional related volunteer opportunities. This search will be even easier, and the projects more numerous if you live in a "Tree City USA"; find out here.
Please keep in mind that every state has its own Arbor Day, which is usually on a different date than the National Arbor Day. This is to promote the optimal planting time in each state; click here to find out specifics.
If you are solitary, have children, or are just more interested in a private observance, check out this list of suggested activities.
In closing, do our trees a favor and always plant the right tree in the right place.