Gold Coast school marks Tree Day

Gold Coast school students will get in touch with their inner green thumb on Friday.

Southport State School signed up for Schools Tree Day, as part of National Tree Day which falls on Sunday.

Across Queensland, more than 24,000 students are taking part at 387 school planting and nature-care sites, to celebrate the event’s 21st year.


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It’s an opportunity for students to plant and care for the seedlings as they grow; a hands-on experience which also beautifies school grounds.

Planet Ark’s latest research, based on Australian and international studies, shows students who take part in outdoor learning programs perform better in reading, writing, maths and science, with 77% of teachers reporting student improvement in standardised tests.

Teachers have found outdoor settings have a positive impact on a range of student behaviours and are linked to cognitive function, memory, imaginative play, creativity and enthusiasm for school.

Schools Tree Day also aims to engage children at a young age to care for and protect our native flora and fauna and understand the importance of nature to life on our planet. These often mark the beginning of a lifelong connection with nature for the students.

Students across Australia are racing outside today to green their schools and connect with nature for Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day.

National Tree Day Manager Debbie Agnew says that participating in Schools Tree Day, which has been running since 1996, is a fun, exciting way for students to have an authentic nature experience and benefit from learning outside.

“Planet Ark’s research  shows that nature enhances academic performance across all curriculum areas. Students who take part in outdoor learning programs perform better in reading, writing, maths and science, with 77% of teachers reporting student improvement in standardised tests,” she says.

“These outdoor settings have a positive impact on a range of student behaviours and are linked to cognitive function, memory, imaginative play, creativity and enthusiasm for school.”

This year’s theme, Grow More – Just Add Nature, highlights how everyone, whatever their age, can use the power of nature to help reach their full potential in all aspects of their lives.

Schools Tree Day also aims to engage children at a young age to care for and protect our native flora and fauna and understand the importance of nature to life on our planet. Planting seedlings and habitat to encourage native wildlife, sowing veggies or vertical gardens, and creating worm farms or nesting boxes are all popular activities for Schools Tree Day. These often mark the beginning of a lifelong connection with nature for the students.

Although Schools Tree Day will be officially celebrated on Friday, teachers can register a site for any day of the year. Teachers can also gain access to learning resources.

To find out more about Schools Tree Day on Friday July 29th or National Tree Day on Sunday July 31st, visit treeday.planetark.org, call the National Tree Day Hotline on 1300 88 5000 or contact your local participating Toyota Australia Dealership.