We enjoy their shade, eat their fruits and use many products made from their wood and most importantly breath in the oxygen that they make. Learn more about the wonderful world of trees with EnhanceTV and discover ideas and resources to make the most of School Tree Day this Friday.
The 31st of July is National School Tree Day. A day where schools across Australia come together to celebrate the wonderful world of trees.
School Tree day coincides with National Tree Day, celebrated on the 2nd of August. Since 1996, over 26 million trees have been planted by more than 5 million people thanks to National Tree Day. A day where community members and schools take a day out of their busy lives to invest in the wellbeing of one of our most valuable natural life-forms: trees!
Not only is this an opportunity to get students out of the classroom and into nature, but School Tree Day is a great way to inspire students to learn about the environment while playing an active role in their community.
National Tree Day is all about giving back and about recognising the power of a single act that can spark global change when everyone gets involved and plays their part.
From little things, big things grow
This year, National Tree planting day will have to be a little different. With the global pandemic and social distancing rules, we can’t come together to plant trees as we usually would. So, we have to get a little creative in how we make the most of this very important day.
How can we participate in School Tree Day this 2020?
For the first time in 25 years, all public planting events have been cancelled. However, as individuals and in small class groups we can still continue to plant the seeds of change great and small. Encourage your students to plant a tree in their backyard, or if you have a small area in your school where trees can be planted (maybe not by everyone) but perhaps one seed per class.
Hug a tree! #HugaTreeforNTD
We can’t really hug each other at the moment as much as we would like to… however we can hug a tree!
Now, this isn’t as silly as it sounds. Science has shown that spending time in nature is intrinsically linked to our overall wellbeing and livelihood. Planet Ark researchers undertook a survey and found that approximately 55% of Australians felt that time in nature improved their overall mental health and boosted their mood.
Seeing as we can’t come together this School Tree Day, Planet Ark has come up with a way for us to continue to show we care and is encouraging everyone to share a photo of themselves using the hashtag #HugaTreeforNTD. By doing this we show our commitment to regeneration while sharing this important movement with our social media networks.
EnhanceTV video-clips and programs you can use with your students as supporting resources:
Judy Dench: My Passion For Trees
Iconic actor Dame Judi Dench is still a successful Hollywood star well into her 80s. She has always loved trees but now with failing eyesight, she’s determined to take time out to discover what really makes them tick.
Watch the Life Cycle of Trees by For the Juniors: Weather
Discover with your students how trees change with the seasons. What happens to trees when it’s cold or warm? See it for yourself!
Explore the concept of deforestation with the Lorax.
See the destruction caused by the Once-ler and listen to the wise words of The Lorax with your students.
Cross-curriculum priority area links: Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture
Kichenga National Park: its flora and Aboriginal heritage.
Learn more about emu bush, scare trees and middens that are native to Kinchega National Park by Indigenous woman Dayle Doyle. Kinchenga is the traditional land of the Paakantju nation and has an incredible history of over 35,000 years.
A short video clip on the importance of trees:
Learn all about the importance of trees and the fundamental role they play in our everyday lives with CSIRO tree researcher and forest ecologist Jaqui England.
Let’s take a moment to delight and acknowledge the natural wonders of our earth.
Take a deep breath and breath in the life-sustaining essence of trees.
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