Tree Day is a Great Activity for Little Learners
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Each year, preschools’ involvement in Planet Ark’s Tree Day has helped plant the seed of environmental consciousness from a young age. It’s also a great way to accomplish Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) environmental and community outcomes. New connections with the community can be developed too, which is always a special and rewarding experience for children.
About Schools Tree Day
At Planet Ark we are constantly impressed and delighted to see the projects undertaken by preschools, kindergartens, and childcare centres.
Last year, close to 3,000 preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools took part in Tree Day. The school community – teachers, parents, students –dug in for the environment and had fun getting grubby planting 470,000 native seedlings, trees, shrubs, edibles and flowers.
Tree Day generally happens on your centre’s grounds during the day. It could be practical planting or nature care projects in the playground or lessons and activities in the classroom.
Planet Ark will help you make the most of your special event by providing:
- how to do it guides
- easy and engaging curriculum-aligned Tree Day lesson plans & learning resources for Prek-Yr
- helpful advice (only an email or phone call away)
- case studies and ideas from bright green educators (that you can try too!)
- newsletter updates and
- posters to promote your event
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.
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.
To make Tree Day even easier, we have built this Preschools Guide based on feedback we get each year. Some activities have already been implemented by existing preschools, and some are simply suggestions.