Schools Tree Day

Each year, around 3,000 preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day.

Students nationwide have learnt how to dig in for the environment and have fun getting grubby planting over 470,000 native seedlings, trees, shrubs, edibles and flowers. More than 2,800 other nature-care activities were registered (projects such as bushwalks or classroom lessons).

Schools Tree Day can mark the beginning of a long-term environmental program, and 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 the day-to-day experience of our children to help them grow. 

Schools Tree Day 2019 will be held on Friday July 26th, although events can be held at any time during the year. Events are generally held on school grounds during a school day. It could be practical planting or nature care projects in the school playground or lessons and activities in the classroom.

Our dedicated Planet Ark team are on hand to help your school or early learning centre make the most of your special event by providing: How to guides, easy and engaging learning resources, case studies and promotional materials such as posters, certificates and activity sheets.


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 26th for Schools Tree Day and Sunday July 28th 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.

  • Preschools Guide ( 1.39MB pdf file)
    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.
  • Schools Getting Started Guide ( 1.04MB pdf file)
    7 easy steps to get your school involved in Schools Tree Day.
  • Schools Activity Guide ( 876kb pdf file)
    This Schools Activity Guide has been compiled by Planet Ark with consideration of responses given through our Schools Site Coordinator Survey. It outlines a range of activities that have already been implemented by some schools as well as ideas for easy and accessible activities that require little resources and cost.