Trees for Life Canada was honoured to be invited to participate in Hamilton-Burlington’s Earth Day Eco Festival. From May 18th to the 20th, elementary schools from the entire catchment made their way to the Royal Botanical Gardens to join in on all sorts of environmentally friendly workshops, activities and exploration.
This year, Trees for Life Canada presented the “Clean Air by Kids” workshop which focuses on the role that trees play in maintaining healthy air quality. Students learned about the pores on leaves that suck up gaseous pollution and in turn release fresh oxygen into the atmosphere for us to breathe. Students got their hands on the “Earth-o-meter” and figured out simple, kid friendly ways that they could keep the environmental balance of the planet in check.
During free time, students visited the Trees for Life Canada information booth and tried their hand at matching cones, seeds, leaves and needles with their corresponding tree species. They also participated in a large-scale scavenger hunt, uncovering the answers to all sorts of nifty eco-trivia. Did you know that for every tonne of paper you recycle, you save 17 trees?! Teachers took the grow-a-tree kit back to their classrooms, so that every student could get their hands dirty and learn about trees along the way!
Thanks to the Royal Botanical Gardens, the very helpful volunteers and all of the elementary school kids and teachers who came out!