Climbing Trees: Getting Aussie Kids Back Outside

National Tree Day 2011

National Tree Day 2011

“Australia is a nation defined by its outdoor environments – the red centre, golden beaches, the bush and clear blue seas. However, research reveals that one in ten Aussie kids play outside once a week or less. We have become a nation of indoors, not outdoors.” From Climbing Trees: Getting Aussie Kids Back Outside

In March 2011, Planet Ark commissioned an independent study to investigate childhood interaction with nature and how this interaction is changing. The research was conducted by Pollinate, a specialist communications research company, and was sponsored by Toyota Australia.

The results of this research show that the landscape of childhood has changed. In a single generation there has been a profound shift from outdoor to indoor play. The full findings are discussed in the research report Climbing Trees: Getting Aussie Kids Back Outside, available for download below.

So How Can National Tree Day Help?

National Tree Day is Australia’s largest tree planting and nature care event, where kids and their families can get outside and have fun. It’s a safe day out for families, giving them the opportunity to do something positive for the environment with their local community.

With thousands of sites at schools, parks, gardens and other locations across the country, National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day are the perfect first step to getting Aussie kids and their families back outside.

Click here to find National Tree Day activities in your area.

Download the Full Research Report

In March 2011, Planet Ark commissioned an independent study, sponsored by Toyota Australia, to investigate childhood interaction with nature and how this interaction is changing. The full findings are discussed in our report, Climbing Trees: Getting Aussie Kids Back Outside. Click here to download.

Download the Media Summary

A two page summary of key findings from the report Climbing Trees: Getting Aussie Kids Back Outside. Click here to download.

 

Professor Anita Bundy

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Practical Solutions

Discover a range of outdoor activities that parents and caregivers can integrate into a regular routine for their children.

Other Research by Planet Ark:

2016 - Adding Trees - A Prescription for Health, Happiness and Fulfilment

2015 - Needing Trees: The Nature of Happiness

2014 - Valuing Trees: What is Nature Worth? 

2013 - Missing Trees: The Inside Story of an Outdoor Nation

2012 - Planting Trees: Just What the Doctor Ordered

2011 - Climbing Trees - Getting Aussie Kids Back Outside

Media enquiries

Sara McGregor
PR and Media Manager
P: 02 8484 7205
E: sara@planetark.org

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