Are you on the lookout for a fun way to celebrate the environment with your class? You’re in luck! National Tree Day 2020 is fast approaching. In celebration, we’ve paired with Planet Ark to create some fun and engaging activities for your students! What better way to learn about the environment, and celebrate trees while you’re at it?
Starting in 1996, National Tree Day efforts have planted nearly 26 million trees!
In 2020, School Tree Day is held on Friday, July 31st and National Tree Day is held on Sunday, August 2nd.
What is National Tree Day?
As Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature protection event, the day is a call to action for all Australians to give back to their community.
The idea is for Aussies to help the environment by getting their hands a little dirty! Plant a tree, do some weeding or watering and help to care for the natural environment in your community.
The theme for National Tree Day 2020 is “Regeneration: for our land, for our people, for our future.”
Regenerating Our Land
Australia has gone through some pretty extreme natural events – and now more than ever it’s important to take care of the land we live on. Regenerating our land in the wake of bushfires and droughts will take a big effort – but together we can do it!
Whether planting, weeding or watering, there’s so much you and your students can do to help get Australian flora and fauna flourishing.
Regenerating Our People
When we are constantly bombarded with negative news stories, it can be exhausting to maintain a positive outlook on life. Sometimes it all gets too much and eco-anxiety, general anxiety or depression start to set in.
Well, the good news is that getting into nature is scientifically proven to help improve mental health! If you’re outside participating in weeding and planting, then you will become the ultimate multi-tasker. Regenerating your mental health and your environment at once!
Regenerating Our Future
Finally, for our efforts to be worthwhile, we need to ensure they will be continued by future generations.
Unfortunately, National Tree Day public events are cancelled in 2020. But, there’s no reason why you and your students can’t get involved in these fantastic National Tree Day activities together. There’s no better way to ensure the future of our environment than educating tomorrow’s leaders and activists!
Hug a Tree for National Tree Day
Because they can’t go ahead with any public events, Planet Ark have introduced a fun new initiative so that you can still celebrate National Tree Day in nature! Instead of going out planting with people in your community, keep your social distancing and make sure you #hugatreeforNTD!
Hug a Tree is a social media-based campaign that Planet Ark is running to encourage us to reconnect with nature and help ourselves heal from the devastating impacts of bushfire and drought season.
Take a photo of yourself or your students hugging a tree or your favourite plant. When you post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag #hugatreeforNTD! Did I mention it will help you feel better, too?
If you’re still going to do some small group planting and weeding with your class, that’s great! Make sure to enjoy some of these educational activities as well.
The team at Planet Ark has put together a great collection of activity sheets to help your students learn about how planting trees helps our environment.
They also put their thinking caps on with us here at Teach Starter and helped us come up with some fabulous National Tree Day activities to make your classroom buzz! Together, we’ve put together a National Tree Day Activity Pack with a few goodies just for you and your students.
Next, have some fun with our National Tree Day – Word Hunt.
Or, if mazes are more your thing, take a look at our National Tree Day – Rainforest Maze!
Finally, our National Tree Day – Green Bridge Science Investigation is a wonderful way to teach your students about the importance of revegetation in helping the local animal community.
Podcast with Maggie Dent
Our wonderful For the Love of Teaching host, Bronwyn Brady, recently spoke to former teacher Maggie Dent on National Tree Day and how Australians can harness this day as a chance to connect and regenerate our land, our people and our future.
If you’re interested in more information about Maggie’s take on 2020 and National Tree Day, listen to the podcast below!