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Teachers are increasingly encouraged to design and assign hands-on environmental activities, ‘enabling students to have a direct experience with nature through the school ground environment’ (Gilbert & Brian, 2012, p.358) in order to build on their education.
The Trees for Survival (TfS), is a program that provides an interactive environmental education experience for children to simulate growing and planting native trees and shrubs to meet future desires for ecological sustainability. It is a great teaching resource to help students identify native plants, the importance of ecological sustainability and basic horticultural skills to grow and care about vegetation. The program provides vast opportunities for teachers to explore various resources including videos, posters, activities and suggestions to support their classroom and outdoor activities.
It provides students with not only the opportunity to study a diverse range of native plants through interaction with the natural world, but also the opportunity to gain an appreciation for the value of our native flora and the quintessential role plants play in supporting ecosystems. For example, increasing vegetation will increase biodiversity by providing new habitats for animals, restore the natural landscape and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Students will experience working in the field, learn about how to care for and grow plants in order to preserve the environment. These activities assist students to learn about the key plant-care techniques and experience the enjoyment gained from caring and growing plants. Students are given the opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it and be comfortable in it. This program embeds three dimensions of environmental education; allowing students to learn about the environment, in the environment and for the environment.
Gilbert, R. & Hoepper, B. (2012). Teaching Society and Environment. 4th Edition. Victoria: Cengage Learning