After the 2011 drought, Arbor Day should garner more attention than normal in Houston this year.  We desperately need to replace the trees we lost and rebuild our lush canopy.  Here are a few events this weekend and next celebrating Arbor Day 2012:

Plant 25,00 trees — The City of Houston is gathering thousands of volunteers Saturday, January 21, to kick off Re-Plant Houston. This multi-year campaign will work to plant trees in four Houston parks. Contact these leaders for info on volunteering to plant in each park: Hermann Park: Hermann Park Conservancy, register online; MacGregor Park: email Jessica with Trees for Houston; and Memorial Park & Mason Park, email Oneika with Houston Parks & Recreation. photo via me’nthedogs

Adopt a tree — Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center is celebrating Texas Arbor Day, January 21 & 22. Adopt a tree and take home a free sapling. Activities and events from 10 am – 4 pm including info on tree planting and care. Located in Humble.

Celebrate the tree — Don’t miss the 36th annual Arbor Day Celebration January 21 at Rob Fleming Park in The Woodlands. Volunteers will give out 31,000 free tree seedlings to attendees in eight different varieties. Puffy Pine Cone mascot will celebrate his birthday with other mascots, including Clutch from the Houston Rockets. Dress like Puffy Pine Cone and receive a free lunch! The event is from 10 am – 2 pm. Rob Fleming Park is located in the Village of Creekside Park.

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed— Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is celebrating Arbor Day January 28, 10 am – 4 pm.  The day celebrates Johnny Appleseed, who will hand out free acorns. Kids can also make recycled paper hats and get a pine seedling from HANC the Owl. Families can enjoy tree tours as well as tree planting demonstrations, and storytime. The tree and shrub sale also will take place. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is located at 4501 Woodway Drive.