This week brings us National Tree Day on Sunday 27 July, offering the ultimate opportunity to get the next generation feeling inspired when it comes to nature – after all today’s children need to be educated about the importance of our land as they’ll take over as the custodians of the environment in years to come.
To support National Tree Day we also have Schools Tree Day coming up on this Friday 25 July. This Planet Ark initiative works together with National Tree Day to bring us Australia’s biggest community nature event! With over 4,000 Tree Day events taking place across the country, this wonderful initiative results in the planting of over 1 million native trees, shrubs and grasses!
Don’t be disheartened if you haven’t planned anything in time for this week – you can register with Planet Ark and hold your tree-planting event any time you like. The last weekend of July is the chosen time for the event due to it being an optimal planting time, but of course there are many different plants and many other opportunities to have your very own Tree Day!
It really is so special to watch children as they learn how to plant and care for seedlings, helping them to grow. This nurturing skill isn’t the only benefit though – we have previously discussed just how important it is for children to get out and about in the great outdoors and reconnect with nature, and planting is one of the best ways to do it: http://musicearlychildhoodpresenter.com/blog/get-back-to-nature/
The Tree Day website has some fantastic resources for educators who want to incorporate this national event into their week, whether it’s this week or perhaps down the track – here’s the link through to lesson plans to get you inspired: http://treeday.planetark.org/teachers/lesson-plans.cfm
Addressing climate change, our need to be close to nature, the importance of biodiversity and native plants… National Tree Day and School Tree Day is a valuable event on the Australian calendar.
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