Youngsters help the environment
Students across the Capes region will be getting their hands dirty and connecting with nature as part of a nationwide tree planting day today.
Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day will be held across the country today, with students from thousands of schools and preschools heading outside to help preserve and build on the natural environment.
This week, early learning children at Bluebird Childcare Centre in Busselton took part in the event, with a group of three to five-yearolds planting around 25 trees in bushland behind their centre.
Bluebird Childcare Centre Busselton director Mel Dixon said children at Bluebird had been participating in the event for the past five years.
“Each year the children at Bluebird plant trees and shrubs kindly donated by Geographe Community Landcare Nursery,” she said.
“The children learn about the importance of caring for our environment and caring for our native bush and shrub lands.
“Our educators teach the children the life cycle of a seed and what the seeds need to grow into a tree.”
Students from Augusta Primary School will be planting their trees today, while students at Cowaramup Primary School will plant their trees later in the year.
National Tree Day manager Debbie Agnew said participating in the event, which has been running since 1996, was a fun and exciting way for students to have an authentic nature experience and benefit from learning outside.
Ms Agnew also said the event was a great opportunity to teach children from a young age how to care for and protect the natural environment, as well as learning about the important role nature played in the life of the planet and why it must be protected.
Bluebird Childcare Centre Busselton’s Sophie, Jack and Pia plant their trees.