Activity Introduction

School tree day hero.jpgQuick summary: This resource helps students learn how to plant, and care for seedlings. It encourages young people to head outside into nature to care for and appreciate their local environment

Following this lesson is an ideal way for students to participate in Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day – the largest nature-care event in Australian schools. You and your students will join thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference, fostering a child’s love of nature and creating positive environmental change. So, get growing! It only takes a minute to register for Schools Tree Day.


Learning goals:

  • Students understand that trees are living things
  • Students understand that seeds have a growth cycle from seed to tree
  • Students understand how to plant and care for a tree
  • Students take responsibility for their local environment. 

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.7.

Australian Curriculum content description: As this activity is intended to adapt for a range of year levels, no explicit links have been provided.

Topic: Schools Tree Day, Biodiversity.

Year levels: EL to Year 10

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Facilitate students in sharing their ideas about planting trees.

Resources required: Seeds, Student Worksheet.

Homework and extension opportunities: Encourage students to plant a tree at home. 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Encourage your students to venture into the great outdoors and connect with nature. There has been a dramatic shift in childhood activity from outdoor play to indoor activity in the space of one generation. Planting Trees: Just What the Doctor Ordered research found that 1 in 10 young people today play outside once a week or less. There is an emerging body of local and international research linking childhood contact with nature with a range of health and wellbeing benefits, including:

  • Positive mental health outcomes
  • Physical health benefits 
  • Enhanced intellectual development
  • A stronger sense of concern and care for the environment in later life.

Taking part in Schools Tree Day is an essential way to connect young people to nature.

How to plant a tree

The video clip will demonstrate to your students the correct way to plant a tree. 

Step 1. Prepare your planting site. Clear any debris (leaf litter, sticks etc) and dig a hole deep enough to plan

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Student Worksheet

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Download the 'How to Plant a Tree' guide from Planet Ark here

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