Arbor Day

Arbor Day in the Classroom

Connect Young Children With Nature

Incorporate Arbor Day throughout your school curriculum. Click on the chalkboards to expand suggested activities for each area of study.

  • Science
    • Study the ecosystem of one particular tree.
    • Learn to identify trees in your community. Students can use a tree key or create their own. Take a nature walk to practice this new skill. Check out What Tree is That?™ tree identification guide.
    • Study the structure of a tree, how it functions, and what benefits a tree provides.
  • Social Studies
    • Learn about the history of Arbor Day.
    • Study the importance of trees in different cultures.
    • Correlate the history of the United States or your community to one tree’s growth rings.
  • Math
    • Learn how to measure a tree’s height, crown, spread, and diameter. Directions are avialable at the Community Tree Contest.
    • Younger children can count the rings on a tree stump.
    • Seek out a pattern of numbers in nature.
  • Art
    • Participate in the Arbor Day Foundation’s National Poster Contest for fifth grade.
    • Collect leaves, put tempera paint on them and make leaf prints.
    • Create bark rubbings and trade rubbings and see if students can identify each other’s tree.
  • Physical Education
    • Tree shapes often aid in tree identification. Students can pretend to be a certain type of tree: a weeping willow or redwood, etc.
  • English
    • Write an Arbor Day poem, song, or skit and perform it for the school.
    • Create a description of a tree found on the school grounds. Then see if other students can find it using the description.
    • Write letters to community tree planters thanking them for their efforts.
  • Home Economics
    • Create dishes using spices and other foods that are produced by trees.
  • Drama
  • Schoolwide Activities