What is National Tree Day?

Busy Tree Day 2007 Volunteers © Planet Ark

Primary School Children on Schools Tree Day © Planet Ark

Girls at Merri Creek © Merri Creek Management Committee

National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day combine to make Australia's biggest community tree-planting and nature care event.

Co-ordinated by Planet Ark and proudly sponsored by Toyota, these are special days for all Australians to help out by planting and caring for native trees and shrubs to improve the environment in which they live.

National Tree Day started in 1996 and since then more than 4 million people have planted 24 million trees, plants and seedlings! 

"I had lots of fun on (National Tree) Day and I can't wait to do it again next year!"

A special day for schools

Each year, around 200,000 Australian school students participate in a special National Tree Day event designed just for children – Schools Tree Day! It’s a wonderful opportunity to get kids into nature and instill a love for the great outdoors, as well as teach them the importance of environmental stewardship and taking care of the planet.

There's many ways for schools to get involved, from planting trees, growing vegies,  going on bushwalks, or using many of our curriculum-aligned Tree Day Lesson Plans and Learning Resources.

Want to get involved?

To join a site, find one near you.

To run a site, register it and be counted in the results!

Want to know more before you jump in head first? Read some of our Tree Day stories here.


If you need further information, please contact the National Tree Day hotline on 1300 88 5000 or use our contact form.