International Day of Forests - 21 March 2017

The International Day of Forests created by the UN falls on 21 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate and highlight the importance of all types of forests. The theme for this year is Forests and Energy.

We are all encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organise activities and events involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. 

Forests are vital to all life on Earth, this is a great opportunity for students to discover the world of trees and forests and how they play a part in our everyday life.

The Kent Outdoor Education Unit provides support, advice, and training for outdoor learning.

Here are resources you might find useful:

Forests for the FuturePrimary aged students 10 – 12 years

Sylvia Foundation
myForest - free online application for woodland management
One Oak - education project following the full life story of one oak tree

Forestry Commission

Woodland TrustKS2 and KS3 resources

Forest Stewardship Council KS1 – KS4 resources

Learning about Forests - worksheets and tree planting videos

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox – contains tools, case studies and resources to support Sustainable Forest Management

Science & Plants for Schools - resources for teachers and students

Tree Guides

Here are websites and apps to help students identify trees.

Forestry Commission Tree Name Trail – identifying trees by its leaves

Woodland Trust – Discovering British Trees

Natural History Museum – Leaf Snap App identification guide

Woodlands and forests in Kent 

There are many studies that show trees and natural environments are linked to human health and good for wellbeing. There is recent research that shows a link between children's connection to nature and their performance in school.

We’re very lucky in Kent to have such an abundance of beautiful countryside, give your wellbeing a boost by immersing yourself in nature.

How do you bring the outside into your classroom? Tell us about your outdoor learning experiences.

What are your favourite green spaces in Kent? Share your views with us!

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