Children and families from Californian Gully Kindergarten headed outside to green their outdoor learning environment and connect with nature for Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day on Thursday 27 July.
“Schools Tree Day is a wonderful opportunity to teach children how to plant, care for and beautify their own outdoor environment. Children also learn about the vital role nature plays in the life of our planet and the need to protect it,” said Maryanne Blanch, Educational Leader.
Children and their families joined together in the morning and watched an inspirational film by Steve Parish, which highlighted the importance of children experiencing nature. Mr Parish is a well known and respected nature photographer, conservationist, and Planet Ark National Tree Day Ambassador.
Two plum trees were then planted in the Kindergarten's grounds, followed by three pear trees, with assistance from the children and their families.
“The opportunity to plant these fruit trees was embraced by the children and we will continue to plant more fruit trees as part of our environmental sustainability program,” said Veronica Palmer, Educator.
Children will also learn about how to nuture these trees which will provide them with healthy fresh "snacks" straight from the garden.
Recent research from Planet Ark demonstrates that students who take part in outdoor learning programs develop key skills like emotional intelligence, grit or resilience and problem solving. They also perform better in reading, writing, maths and science.
This year’s theme – Be Inspired: It’s in Our Nature – highlights how nature ignites our inspiration, creativity and purpose, as well as offering significant health and wellbeing benefits.
Enrolments at Californian Gully Kindergarten, in the Central Goldfields Shire, are now open for 2018.
More information about the Kindergarten and how to enrol, can be viewed here. Please contact the Kindergarten on (03) 5461 1010, if you would like to know more about their preschool program which includes environmental and sustainability experiences.