LEARNING through practical sustainable activity was the thrust of yesterday's Schools Tree Day at Youngtown Primary School.
The annual tree planting day, facilitated by Tamar Natural Resource Management, saw almost 30 Youngtown Primary School pupils dig in to the national initiative.
The school was one of 114 in Tasmania to participate in the program which, partnered with National Tree Day this weekend, will see about 1.2 million trees planted across the country.
Youngtown Primary School principal Mario Bergamin said maintaining a positive relationship with the NRM group provided opportunities for children to learn from third-party educators.
``We've got a really strong relationship with Tamar NRM,'' Mr Bergamin said
``The school has been involved in some major planting events over the years, including one at Youngtown Park.''
He said it was essential that pupils be shown hands-on skills outside the classroom to support their knowledge of sustainability and environmental practices.
``It's not just ticking a box, it's part of the school curriculum,'' Mr Bergamin said.
``These people really are the guardians of the future.''
Tamar NRM president Roger Tyshing quizzed the pupils about the exercise and said he was impressed with the amount of understanding they demonstrated.
``It's great to see the kids happy and enthusiastic about what they're doing,'' Mr Tyshing said.
``Hopefully while they're still at the school they can watch the trees grow.''