National Tree Day News - Students Get Into Nature

Students Get Into Nature

Date: 25-Jul-14
Author: Brad Gray

dirtgirl planting with kids © Marty Middlebrook


Research released by Planet Ark for today’s Schools Tree Day shows that parents value a green playground as highly as academic achievement when choosing their children’s school.

This might sound like a surprising finding but there is lots of research showing that having greater contact with nature, at school and at home, has a wide range of health, wellbeing and learning benefits for kids. If students can see trees from their classroom they do better than if they can’t see trees. Kids with anxiety, depression and ADHD have fewer symptoms when they are outside. So a greener playground can help increase academic achievement.  

This is why Schools Tree Day, which is happening across the country today, is so important. More than 2,500 schools are taking part in this, the largest tree planting and nature-care activity in schools.  

Students will be undertaking a huge range of hands-on activities including growing seedlings, weeding existing sites, planting new sites, counting bugs, playing games and much more.  

As well as these activities students will be learning about the importance of plants through a suite of lessons developed by Planet Ark’s partners at Cool Australia. These lessons are all curriculum aligned and use nature to teach math, science, creative arts and more.  

For the fist time dirtgirl, the ABC4 sensation, has joined us to encourage kids to get grubby. 

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