This is National Wildlife Week, and this year’s theme is trees—planting them, exploring them, learning about them, and appreciating them for how they help wild animals thrive. The nonprofit National Wildlife Federation, which organizes the week, provides fun educational materials and activities for educators and caregivers to use with kids.
You can download and print:
- posters that together form a 5-foot tree
- lesson plans for kindergarten through high school
- trading cards for wildlife species, including the squirrel tree frog, wood duck, and black bear.
Learn too about how to organize a tree-planting event in your community.
And don’t forget the simplest way to celebrate: Go for a walk with a child and talk about the trees you see, and the birds, bugs, and other critters that depend on them.
Read other posts about trees:
Simple Winter Tree Activities for Kids
Autumn Leaves: Simple Science and Activities for Kids
Celebrate Forests: International Year of Forests
TreeTop Barbie and the Queen of the Forest Canopy
Photo of a cedar waxwing resting on a maple tree in New Hampshire by Jerry and Marcy Monkman.
Great Kids, Great Outdoors is an Appalachian Mountain Club blog, written by Heather Stephenson.
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