Today we celebrate National Arbor Day, which is a day all about trees. For something a little different, I decided to doodlewash a little tree frog on a tree branch, to spotlight the importance of trees to the creatures with whom we share our planet. The Arbor Day Foundation was founded in 1972, to “inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” This day is celebrated on the last Friday in April in the United States, though many states observe it at different times during the year, based on the best tree planting times in the area.

When I was a little kid I remember planting a tree in the backyard for Arbor Day and it was so cool to see that tree all grown up by the time I was in high school. At the time I wasn’t thinking about the sheer importance of trees on our little planet, nor did I have a real understanding of what the Arbor Day Foundation was all about. This little American tradition is actually part of a global initiative by the Foundation. For example, their Rain Forest Rescue®  program is making important strides by supporting local partners and communities in their efforts to protect, sustain and restore tropical rain forests.

I mention all this, as I live in the city and can’t actually plant a tree, and thought perhaps others might be in the same place. If you’re lacking a yard and would like an alternate way to celebrate this day, I found a really cool way to do just that. By clicking here you can donate to the Rain Forest Rescue program and for every $10 you contribute, the Arbor Day Foundation will save a 2,500 square foot area (232 square meters) of rain forest in your name. Pretty cool and all for less than a couple Starbuck’s Grande Caffè Lattes! Today’s the day for all of us to celebrate in whatever way we can! So try something! You’re guaranteed to be as happy as a little frog in a tree if you do!

Still ONE DAY LEFT to join me in April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on at the end of the month! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pens with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

50 replies on “National Arbor Day

  1. Aren’t you allowed to plant trees in your backyard, Charlie? I’m so fortunate to see and be surrounded by trees where I live. I’d be a tree, if I could; which one would be very hard to choose! I love your frog.

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  2. Your little tree frog is very charming and attentive. He’s probably figuring out where he’d like a new tree planted. Great painting, Charlie. My favorite trees are ginkgo and Japanese maple. But I love all trees and have always wanted a tree house built in a big oak or sycamore.

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  3. Gorgeous painting! You captured the eyes perfectly, and the slight turn of its head brings such personality to the portrait…lovely way to celebrate the day! Makes me want to be as happy as a little tree frog too…(insert tree frog chorus here*).

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  4. You do have a way with animals! We’re all in this together, and trees are important to frogs as well as everything living.
    I’m not doing a celebratory day today, but I want to thank you for all the fun this month Charlie…and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for May! (K)

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    1. Thanks Kerfe!! 💕😃I just really love animals…always have, but love nature as well of course.! Hehe And thanks so much for playing along! It’s been so fun to see what you’ll come up with. And it was all so cool!!! As ever, next month’s theme will likely surprise even me tomorrow! But I will be inviting people to play along at least once again! 😉

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  5. I didn’t know it was National Arbor Day yesterday, Charlie, it must be a US thing! Not knowing, I didn’t post a thing about trees. Today, still not knowing, I did post trees.It’s little coincidences like this that keep things ticking along just nicely!

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  6. How awesome! A nice way of marking a very worthy day – you’ve captured that big, watchful eye perfectly – and a reminder to get out amidst the greenery more. I get quite a few frogs coming to enjoy the pond (at least while it’s seal-less). I love your story about planting the tree… I did the same, many times! I had a conifer phase; when I was about eight I picked this random conifer from a garden centre, purely because it didn’t give an estimate as to how big it’d grow. It got bigger…and bigger… and bigger. It’s enormous now! Further fun came from seeing the bugs – yes, even the spiders – turning it into their new pad. Yay for trees!

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    1. Hehe! I’m now picturing this insanely enormous tree filled with spiders and it’s both terrifying and awesome!! That’s so cool! And glad you liked my little frog…I went to make a tree and got distracted by a little creature instead which should come as no surprise at all! Lol But definitely yay for trees!! 😃

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