Question 1: What celebration, held on the last Friday in April, encourages people to plant trees?
- Arbor Day
- National Tree Planting Day
- International Day of Forests
Correct Answer: Arbor Day
Fact: Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. It is an occasion marked by the planting of new trees and nurturing mature trees.
Question 2: Which state celebrated the first Arbor Day in the US?
Correct Answer: Nebraska
Fact: Nebraska celebrated the first American Arbor Day on April 10, 1872. On that day, an estimated million trees were planted. In the next few years, Arbor Day was recognized as a holiday by several states in the country.
Question 3: Giant sequoias have adapted to be remarkably resistant to which natural disaster?
- Forest fires
Correct Answer: Forest fires
Fact: Giant sequoias have fire-resistant, non-resinous bark, and their cones are known to open and drop seeds shortly after forest fires. However, climate change has brought more frequent wildfires and prescribed burns are now also used to clear flammable dead vegetation around the trees. This policy was praised for protecting Mariposa Grove from the Washburn Fire in July 2022.
Question 4: What natural science studies celestial objects and space?
Correct Answer: Astronomy
Fact: Astronomy has been practiced for thousands of years by many civilizations. Astronomers and mathematicians first studied space with nothing but the naked eye, and today we have advanced technology like the James Webb Space Telescope to study the universe and beyond.
Question 5: Joshuee Tree National Park, where our picture was taken, is also an International….
- Dark Sky Park
- Clear Sky Park
- Bright Sky Park
Correct Answer: Dark Sky Park
Fact: Joshua Tree National Park is a great place for stargazing because of its low levels of light pollution. It is an International Dark Sky Park, thanks to its high elevation and distance from major cities.
Question 6: What animal-shaped nebula can be found in the constellation Orion?
- Horsehead Nebula
- Crab Nebula
- Cat’s Paw Nebula
Correct Answer: Horsehead Nebula
Fact: The Horsehead Nebula can be found just below the easternmost star in Orion's Belt. The dark cloud of gas and dust has long been a fascination of astronomy photographers, dating back to its discovery in 1888.