Forest Habitat: Animal habitat restoration

Kids love animals and they want to make sure animals always have a safe place to call home.

A great way to help endangered species and all animals is to protect their forest habitat.

Forests are under-rated. They are crucial for life on earth and are home to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. These complex ecosystems are home to animals, plants, fungi, bacteria – and humans too!

But forests are being destroyed and degraded at distressing rates. More than 50 million square miles of forest are lost each year.

The ChariTree Foundation wants to support kids helping animals by funding and sourcing local tree seedlings for kids to plant with their schools and camps in an effort to restore trees damaged and lost by storms, forest fires, or logging. One of they best things a child can do is learn how to plant a tree and care for a tree. When they plant a native species, the are helping animals and the world — and kids want to help.

Learning about trees as animal habitats

Teachers, parents and camp counsellors #GetOutdoors with you kids and look at different trees. Teach them that a habitat is a living space where an animal can get all the things they need to survive like shelter, food and water. Ask them how they depend on their home. Can they see signs of life in the leafy canopy, bark or roots of a tree?? What animals live in or depend on local trees?

Ask them how they depend on their home. Can they see signs of life in the leafy canopy, leaves, bark or roots of a tree?? What animals live in or depend on local trees?

Do they think it is important to care for and replace lost trees?


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Writing about trees

The Wish Trees Book

The Wish Trees, written by ChariTree founder Andrea Koehle Jones, is rooted in the idea that every child can help make the world a better place.
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