Earth Day is on the Way—April 22

This year’s theme for Earth Day is Trees For The Earth with a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees in the next five years—the kick-off is April 22nd.


That’s a lot of trees! And there are a lot of people who will make it happen.

More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Millions of schoolchildren and their teachers will take part in planting trees and other educational, civic, and outdoor programs.




Spring is one of the best times to plant because it gives the tree time to grow roots before the intense heat of summer.
Basic steps to tree planing include: choosing a site, getting a tree that grows well in your area, planting it correctly, and taking care of it. Get specific directions here or from your local nursery.


PROJECT LEARNING TREE: Empowering Teachers, Inspiring Youth

We encourage teachers (preK through high school) to get involved in Project Learning Tree. The curriculum resources teach complex environmental issues in creative ways that meet standards. Teachers can use the activities as stand-alone lessons or integrate them into their curriculum, for all grades and subject areas.



TREE_COVER2The Tree in the Ancient Forest—Delightful cumulative verse introduces the forest ecosystem and the creatures that live in and around an old-growth tree.


OVERF_storeOver in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek— Meet 10 forest animals and count their babies. Based on the song “Over in the Meadow.”


In a Nutshell—A poignant story about the life cycle of an oak tree and how it supports life—even after it dies.NUT_Store

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