Plant the Seed with Schools Tree Day
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New research by Planet Ark, titled Learning from Trees - Life Lessons for Future Generations, sponsored by Toyota Australia, makes a strong case for the importance of outdoor learning. Read the Full Report (25pages, 7.5MB pdf) or the Key Findings (4pages, 1.5MB pdf)
TAKE PART in the largest nature-care event in Australian schools
Schools Tree Day
Schools Tree Day is a reminder of the importance of nature in our daily lives and is a call-to-action for educators to introduce nature-care activities, outdoor learning, and fun, healthy environmental programs into day-to-day experiences for our children.
You can organise your Tree Day event on any day of the year that suits you, however most people run their activities on or around the official days of Friday July 28th for Schools Tree Day and Sunday July 30th for National Tree Day.
Schools Tree Day generally happens on school grounds during a school day. It could be practical planting or nature care activities in the school playground, outdoor lessons, classroom learning or community planting projects. It's a great excuse to get grubby, for hands-on learning and beautify the school. Last year, close to 3,000 preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools took part in Tree Day. The school community – teachers, principals, parents, students –dug in for the environment and had fun.
Planet Ark will help your school or early learning centre make the most of your special event by providing:
- 150-curriculum-aligned lessons for Tree Day and Outdoor Learning (PreK-Yr10)
- How to do it guides
- Helpful advice (only an email or phone call away)
- Bright ideas from green schools you can try too (case studies)
- Newsletter updates and
- Posters to promote your event (2017 posters coming soon)
If you need a little help getting started or want to get set up quickly, call the National Tree Day Hotline on 1300 88 5000 or contact us by email.