One School, One Tree, One Gift to Nature

Research and Planning

Encourage students to do some research online or in the local and school libraries. Students might also want to interview workers at a local tree nursery or other local tree experts. You may want to compile a list of possible resource people, make the initial contact and match students to resource people.

Students should answer questions such as:

  • What is tree biodiversity?
  • What are some general considerations for tree planting?
  • What tree species will you plant? (Keep in mind that the 2009 theme for IBD is invasive alien species. Planting a native tree species would be a good fit with the 2009 theme.)
  • Why this particular species?
  • What care does it require?
  • Where will you plant the tree?
  • When is the best time to plant the tree? If planting on 22 May is not appropriate in your area (because of the climate, final exams or something else), choose another date.
  • Who will take care of the tree? How often?

In the research phase, some group members should also plan out the event. Remind students that it’s a good idea to create an action plan or schedule and assign each person a role. Don’t forget to set due dates!

Some planning questions students should answer are:

  • Who will the adult and student participants be?
  • What will be each of their roles in the preparation?
  • What will your celebration on 22 May – the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) – be like?
  • Who will be invited (e.g. media, local officials, parents, members of the public, etc.)?
  • Where will the celebrations be held?
  • When will the celebrations be held?
  • How will you publicize the event (before and after 22 May)?
  • What information will your group post online on your group’s page?