Planting Trees at Schools

Greening Schools, Planting Trees

Earth Day Network loves planting trees and especially loves planting trees with kids. Planting trees connects children with nature and shows them that their hard work makes a difference in the world.

School children can take an active role in helping to green their schools by teaming with their teachers, administrators, and parents to plant trees on their school property. These projects pay multiple benefits by improving environmental conditions and providing multi-disciplinary learning for students of all ages. It teaches them about plants and shows them how their efforts make an impact that they and their communities can revisit for years.

Trees in a school yard improve air quality and can reduce temperatures in warm climates by 10°F. They provide shade in hot temperatures and and new signs of life. They are a small environmental investment that will pay dividends for decades to come.

To check out all Earth Day Network’s Tree Planting Projects visit our Tree Planting Map.
Some examples of Earth Day Network tree planting projects at schools include:

Denver, CO
In, 2014, EDN, together with its local partner, The Park People, organized a tree planting project with Southwest Airlines employees at Monarch Montessori School in the Montbello neighborhood in northeast Denver.

Dallas, TX
In 2014, EDN joined with its local partner, the Texas Trees Foundation (TTF), and employees from Southwest Airlines to plant five Chinese pistachios, ten Bald cypress and ten Red oaks for a total of 25 trees on the campus of Maple Lawn Elementary School in Dallas. Each tree was mulched and watered, and a water bag was placed on each tree. Over the course of the project, it became apparent that the school didn’t have adequate hoses to reach all the trees, so hoses were purchased and the custodial staff was trained on how to properly water the trees.

San Jose, CA
Earth Day Network partnered in 2012 with the Pearl Zanker Elementary School in Milpatis in San Jose County CA  to plant 20 trees as celebration for their outstanding contribution to our Billion Acts of Green campaign.

In May and June 2015, a total of 18 schools participated in the project in Norway, planting spruce trees at Trønderlag, Rogaland, Agder School. Activities were organized as part of the school curriculum and combined with educational activities related to forests, forest products and climate related issues. 12 major events and 3 smaller tree planting events were held. Several local partners with many volunteers participated in the project.

In 2010, EDN worked with Skogen i Skolan (Forest in School) to plant 11,111 varieties of pine, spruce, and birch trees in and around schools.

In 2012 and 2013 EDN  2012-2013 EDN planted 10,000 pine and spruce trees in the Boreal Forest regions of Russia.  As part of this program, ten tree-planting events were organized at schools across the region

In 2010, in the Moriyama school district, Earth Day Network worked with the local middle school ecoclub to plant Japanese Maple trees. Although Japan is relatively well forested, its youth bear the responsibility of carrying these successes into the future.

In 2013, EDN worked with Evergreen Agriculture Tanzania to plant 3,000 trees in two school districts. The plantings were coupled with training events and conservation sessions to celebrate Earth Day.

To check out all Earth Day Network’s Tree Planting Projects visit our Tree Planting Map.
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