7 Earth Month Activities
for Students

Lauren Dalmatoff | March 11, 2022 | 3 min read

7 ways to engage your students for earth month

The theme of Earth Day 2022 is “investing in our planet” and here at One Tree Planted, we believe ensuring that environmental education is accessible to today's students is one of the most important investments we can make for a better tomorrow. We’ve seen time and time again just how important it is for the next generation to learn about nature, the environment and the importance of reforestation.

Because climate change and its very real impacts can be a scary topic for kids to learn about, we find that providing education and resources for positive actions they can take, today, is a better approach. That way, learning about the environment and the role we play can be a fun and inspiring experience!

Check out these 7 Earth Month Activities For your classroom!

one tree planted seed germination kit

1. Plant Trees

Through our Seed Germination Kit program, teachers can get free kits for their entire classroom! This is a great opportunity for students to have a tangible, hands-on lesson about how trees grow. The deadline is March 22, 2022, so sign up today (or pass on to a teacher you know) to receive all the tools needed to plant seeds that will grow into trees for Earth Day! 

one tree planted community reforestation volunteer kids

2. Get Your Hands Dirty

Volunteer to plant trees, remove invasive plants, restore landscapes and more this Earth Month. We have volunteer events around the world, but if there isn't one in your area, you can always contact your local park service or ecological restoration group for ways to volunteer locally. If you can’t find anything there, grab a pair of gloves and get out for a trash clean up in your neighborhood!

kid science project planets presentation

3. Share Your Knowledge

Create an information campaign at your school to help share ways that anyone can make a difference. Choose your medium and m posters, signs, videos, fliers and more about recycling, saving electricity, reducing waste, or any other environmental topic that you're passionate about!

one tree planted professional tree planter

4. Make A Global Impact!

If you aren’t able to get out and plant trees yourself, you can always fundraise to plant trees in one of our global reforestation projects. Every dollar donated plants a tree, and our T.R.E.E.S. School Program provides you all of the resources needed to have a successful fundraiser. 

kids recycling outside

5. Create Green Teams!

Divide your class up into green teams. Have each team choose an environmental action they'll be responsible for in the classroom. This could include recycling, composting, turning off the lights, reduce water waste, etc. This will give students a feeling of ownership and stewardship!

kids upcycling bottle caps

6. Celebrate With Art!

 Collect used materials that would otherwise be thrown away and turn them into new beautiful pieces of art to help showcase and celebrate the beauty of our nature and our planet. 

kids team huddle hands

7. Make A Pledge!

Join our Make a Pledge challenge (part of our T.R.E.E.S. School Program)! Have everyone pledge to do one small thing for the environment each day. At the end of the challenge, put them all together to show the collective impact your class made!

So there you have it: 7 ways to engage your classroom with Earth Day! Want to extend your environmental impact beyond April 22? Plant a tree today!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. This project is currently supporting AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Initiative. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Provide jobs to minimize poverty in local communities
  • Improve climate change resilience & mitigation
  • Restore forest cover to improve food security
  • Africa is home to the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. The Congo Basin is home to 60% of the continent's biodiversity. However, unfortunately, Africa is alarmingly at risk due to the current deforestation rate - which is 4 times the global deforestation rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, but it also affects the planet as a whole.
    Thanks to AFR100, Africa is on a mission to reverse these trends and restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. This country-led effort will bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. This initiative aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in Africa, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
  • Planting trees in Africa reaps multiple benefits! Notably, reforestation here will help to add nutrients to the soil and control erosion, minimize poverty within local communities through the creation of jobs, and improve food security by feeding impoverished families through the planting of fruit trees. Ultimately, added forest cover in this region will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • We will plant an array of indigenous tree species throughout Africa, such as Senegalia polyacantha, Faidherbia albida, Albizia adianthifolia, Persea americana, Calliandra calothyrsus, Macadamia spp., shea, and mahogany. Fruit trees will also be planted, which include mango, orange, tangerine, avocado, apple, guava, and Brazil nut.

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