The Tree In My Front Yard

Celebrate Arbor Day at Your Cabin

Growing up I lived on North 12th Street! It was the house that sat on the corner. It was an older home that we fixed up and made more modern the longer we lived in it. When we moved there out in the front yard between the street and the sidewalk was a maple tree.

You really didn’t notice that tree probably 9 months out of the year, but when fall came it couldn’t help but be noticed!

The leaves would turn the brightest orange, yellow and red you can imagine! In the breeze the leaves would feel like they were just waving to everyone that drove by in fall. Saying, “look at me!!”

That tree was on the west side of our house and when the sunset hit it in the evening it almost took your breath away at the glow it put off!

I loved that maple tree our family had in our front yard on North 12th street!

Arbor Day is a great time to appreciate and learn about trees that were in your front yard growing up. Finding a reason to spend time with family outside or if you’re spending the day at the cabin surrounded by them!

Here are some ideas for things to do on Arbor Day while spending time with your family!

Identify trees. Identifying trees is a fun and educational activity that can be done on Arbor Day or any other day of the year. There are many different ways to identify trees, and the best method will vary depending on the type of tree you are trying to identify.

One simple way to identify trees is by their leaves. Most trees have leaves that are unique to that particular species. For example, oak trees have lobed leaves, maple trees have leaves with five points (and glow in the fall), and pine trees have needles (like the ones in Hochatown).

Another way to identify trees is by their bark. The bark of a tree can be smooth, rough, or flaky, and it can be different colors depending on the type of tree. For example, aspen trees have white bark, birch trees have black bark, and cedar trees have reddish-brown bark.

You can also identify trees by their flowers or fruit. Many trees produce flowers or fruit, and these can be helpful clues when trying to identify a tree. For example, apple trees produce apples, cherry trees produce cherries, and magnolia trees produce large, fragrant flowers.

Go for a hike. Take a hike in the Ouachita National Forest and enjoy the beauty of the trees. You can also learn about different types of trees and their importance to the environment.

Have a picnic. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the shade of a tree. You can also play games or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Go fishing. If there is a lake or river nearby, you can go fishing and enjoy the outdoors.

Go camping. Spend the night in the woods and enjoy the sounds of nature. You can also go for a campfire and roast marshmallows.

No matter what you do, make sure to have fun and celebrate being together!

Here are some additional tips for celebrating Arbor Day at your cabin:

Bring plenty of water and snacks. It’s important to stay hydrated and fueled, especially if you’re going to be doing any physical activity.

Let someone know where you’re going. It’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back, especially if you’re going to be spending time in the woods.

Be respectful of the environment. When you’re celebrating Arbor Day at your cabin, be sure to leave no trace. This means packing out all of your trash and leaving the area as you found it.

Tell me about your favorite tree! Was it in your front yard, was it at your grandma’s house or where was it?