Schools Tree Day
Each year, around 2500 preschools, kindies, primary and high schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Schools Tree Day 2013 is on Friday 26th July, although events can be held at any time during the year.
This year, Planet Ark is inviting you to venture into the great outdoors and connect with nature! Schools Tree Day can mark the beginning of a long-term environmental program, engaging your students in a fun, hands on activity that can reinforce their environmental, maths, science and creative arts learning or simply contribute to creating beautiful school grounds.
Remember that you don’t have to be planting trees to take part in Schools Tree Day. You could be growing a vegetable garden, weeding a previously planted area, adding shrubs to the building surrounds or venturing out to the local bush to lend community groups a helping hand.
This year a hundred lucky schools can take part in a Bright Green Fundraiser selling Seedsticks for their School Tree Day event. Raise money in a responsible way, cover the cost of your plants and seedlings while engaging students, neighbours, and local businesses in a fun and educational way to green your school. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send you details, mid-April, on how to get started.
What to do next:
- If you haven’t run a Schools Tree Day activity before, check out the Schools Getting Started Guide.
- For inspiration and ideas read our School Tree Day stories or download our Schools Activity Guide (download from links below). We also have a number of templates for games for big and little kids.
- Register your site to be counted in our national results, and to be eligible for our Schools competition. We will send you a registration pack but you can also download posters and all other paperwork from our Coordinators home.
- Look at our lesson plans, videos and other teacher’s resources.
- More questions? Read our FAQ section developed just for schools. Or call our National Tree Day hotline on 1300 88 5000.
Planet Ark has developed a number of resources to support teachers and their environmental education programs. Cool Australia is particularly thrilled to be participating this year as we are partnering with Planet Ark in creating lessons specifically tailored to help you take part in the largest nature-care event in Australian schools. See Cool Australia’s Planet Ark Schools Tree Day resources here: http://coolaustralia.org/ca_topic/plant-ark-tree-day/
Games for the Nature Explorer and fun with Fifi for the little ones!
There is a whole range of activities that schools can choose from that are lots of fun and educate students in an interactive and exciting way.