There are two components of the Trees for Survival teaching and learning cycle:
Growing and Planting Native Plants
Growing trees requires ongoing attention – there are lots of opportunities to involve students:
Involve the whole class in potting on.
allocate watering and weeding teams
Make the planting day something to really look forward to.
It is best that the teaching curriculum is completed in one year and a planting day planned annually.
Most regions have small seedlings supplied and are able to grow to a planting out size in one year.
plan to plant a minimum of 800 trees
there are plenty of classroom opportunities including counting and recording / identifying native plants / understanding the complexities of habitats
planting days should take place from May to August (September in the deep south)
Late planting often results in poor outcomes, as the roots have not had sufficient time to establish before the following summer, and the dry autumn weather which often follows.
Focus in the Classroom
Classroom activities will reinforce the themes outlined in the environmental education curriculum
education IN the environment
education ABOUT the environment
education FOR the environment
The key outcomes of the programme emphasises the role of trees in:
improving stream flow and water quality
reducing carbon emissions
Student benefits include:
knowledge of plant parts
recognition of native tree seedlings and adult species
awareness of the basic requirements for plant growth
acquaintance with risks to healthy plant growth ( insect pests, weeds, fungal attack)
experience in ‘potting up’ seedlings
ability to ‘plant out’ established plants in the field
The following video resources demonstrate the activities involved in the Trees for Survival programme.