Primary school children across Offaly left their school bags at home on Thursday, October 10 and spent the day learning about trees in a fun and relaxed environment.
Many Offaly primary school children also took the opportunity to participate in guided tree and woodland walks at various locations throughout the county, enabling children to connect directly with nature in an enjoyable way.
On Tree Day, schools and families explored all that nature has to offer and the important role that trees play in our lives. The theme for this year was “Show a little Atreeciation for trees” or ‘‘Bí mór le crann mór’. Through this campaign, children learned how trees can help the environment, how they improve the air we breathe, how essential they are for birds and other wildlife and, overall, how important it is to plant a tree.
The official Tree Day website and primary school resource www.treeday.ie has been updated with lots of new material offering a comprehensive resource to help teachers and parents to bring Tree Day into the classroom and the home. The website, guided by its mascot Sammy Squirrel, features interactive, curriculum-based lessons for the classroom in both Irish and English. The website includes Tree Day school projects, poster downloads, word games, colouring pages, tips for helping the environment, a guide to Our Native Trees, simple instructions for growing a tree in a school milk carton, and much more. Each year a different native tree is celebrated on Tree Day and this year the spotlight was on the hawthorn tree with all information and details on the website.
One of the main aims of Tree Day was to educate primary school children about the importance of trees and forests in their everyday lives. To tie in with this year’s theme of ‘Show a little aTREEciation‘, a series of seven ‘Tree Tweets’ have been created, each containing environmental messages for children. These ‘Tweets’, each of which will be carried on the school milk cartons, will serve to remind children and adults alike about the importance of respecting, renewing, recycling, replanting, repairing and rejoicing in the many resources made from trees.