Health Benefits


"Childhood is a time of rapid physical, mental and emotional development. Time spent in nature provides a diversity of sounds, sights, smells and textures, and a variety of plants, animals and landscapes that children can engage with. This mental and sensory stimulation is important in human developmental processes." - Planting Trees: Just What the Doctor Ordered (2012).

In May 2012, Planet Ark developed a report, sponsored by Toyota Australia, focusing on the benefits of interaction with nature for children's health, wellbeing and development. The report, builds on a 2011 study commissioned by Planet Ark that showed a dramatic and worrying shift in childhood activity in Australia from outdoor play to indoor activity in the space of one generation.

In 2013, the research report Missing Trees - The Inside Story of an Outdoor Nation explored Australia's changing relationship with the great outdoors, building upon the research from previous years.

So How Can National Tree Day Help?

As Australia's largest community tree planting and nature care event National Tree Day is a great way to get outside and connect with nature. It's a memorable day out for families, giving them the opportunity to do something positive for their health and wellbeing, as well as the health of the environment.

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 steps to getting Aussie children and families to connect with nature.

Practical Solutions

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

Download the key findings

2013
Missing Trees: The Inside Story of an Outdoor Nation
(1.34mb pdf)

2012
Planting Trees: Just What the Doctor Ordered
(1.74MB pdf)

2011
Climbing Trees: Getting Aussie Kids Back Outside
(350kb pdf)