Our Day Planting Trees

The Kindness Crusaders spent the day planting trees with a few of our local Environmental Organizations. We all learned a lot about the value of trees and why it is so vital that we continue to not only plant additional trees but to protect our natural wild life.

 

There are plenty of reasons why we should value trees, but here are the 4 facts that I found the most interesting.

1) Trees provide us with oxygen

” During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” Trees, shrubs and turf also filter air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. After trees intercept unhealthy particles, rain washes them to the ground.”  –  Save a Tree

2) Trees heal

“Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.” – The Tree People

3) Many household items are made from trees

There are hundreds of thousands of items made from trees including some that you never would’ve guess came from tree. Some of these surprising items are makeup, rubber, airplane propellers, clothing, and medicine.

You can learn about more uses for trees on these websites:

What do we get from trees?

 

Products from Trees

 

7 Everyday Items Made from Trees

4) Trees control climate

“Trees moderate the effects of the sun, rain and wind. Leaves absorb and filter the sun’s radiant energy, keeping things cool in summer. Trees also preserve warmth by providing a screen from harsh wind. In addition to influencing wind speed and direction, they shield us from the downfall of rain, sleet and hail. Trees also lower the air temperature and reduce the heat intensity of the greenhouse effect by maintaining low levels of carbon dioxide.” – Save a Tree

 

If you or your children would like to volunteer and help save the trees you can work with your local 4-H Club or try Volunteer Match to find opportunities near you!

 

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14 Responses

  1. Robin Rue

    What an amazing thing to do with the kids! I love that you are teaching them the importance of trees and our earth from a young age!

  2. Love including kids in activities that help the environment! I wish there were more parents who did this. It sounds like you had a fantastic day too! Planting trees is great for raising awareness in kids.

  3. I learned about trees healing at a conference I attended. It also said that if a patient could see trees from the room, they healed 20% faster!

  4. I love that you are getting the kids involved in planting trees. I have planted some before and it feels really rewarding

  5. Nothing’s more awesome than this. It’s nice to take the kids to programs and projects that help with taking care of nature so that they’re aware. I make sure that I teach them about the environment and how to take care of it.

  6. What a wonderful way to spend the day and teach your kids something awesome! I love this, I really need to do the same with my son. And it’s a great learning experience too. I love projects that give them a hands-on learning experience

  7. Thank you for this great read! We are going to plant vegetables here today. I wish we hade place for trees! I totally agree with your text, being surrounded by trees is so good for our health!

  8. I remember learning about photosynthesis when I was a kid. I was fascinated by it and how it gave me new respect for trees. Even when I look at them today I have a fond appreciation for all the do for us and the planet.

  9. This is such a great thing to do with your children! Its important for them to learn about ways to take care of nature. Trees are pretty awesome really aren’t they?!

  10. I love giving back to our mother nature and planting trees is one of them. I used to donate but never actually do an action like this. I would love to do this with my family.

  11. What an excellent family activity packed with a great message for children. Activities that help the environment are a win-win.

  12. Every year my family gets together with our aunts and uncles and we plant hundreds of trees on our 200+ acre cabin farms. The past few years I’ve missed this tradition being that I live nearly 1000 miles away. This totally brought back memories and I will try to head to the cabin and plant a few when I return in a few weeks!

  13. Aw, how adorable! And yes, trees are beneficial in so many ways, especially when it comes to improving our air quality.

  14. Tara Holland

    Your Kindness Crusaders are adorable! It is such a great thing to teach kids about the environment at a young age.

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