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Be with a Tree – Kiwi Conservation Club initiative

May 29, 2020

Be with a Tree Week is a Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) initiative that coincides with Arbour Day and World Environment Day (both celebrated on 5th June this year).

KCC is promoting an opportunity to connect with your local trees, be they big trees or small trees, NZ native, exotic, food trees, amenity trees or historic trees. There is a myriad of ways you could do this.

Be with a Tree:

This year’s Be with a Tree week is all about how trees make you feel.  

From 5-24 June, kids and families are invited to celebrate trees by: 

  • Taking a photo with a tree you love and sharing it with the hashtag #bewithatree2020
  • Using this activity sheet to discover which trees are special to you. Share your special trees on social media with the hashtag #bewithatree2020, or email them to  
  • Voting for your most loved New Zealand tree on KCC’s website
  • Joining one of the live digital sessions about trees. Details on KCC’s website soon 
  • Using one of the other activity ideas on KCC’s website to connect with trees.

It’s a great chance to spend some time with a tree you love or meet some new ones!  

Enviroschools Resources:

We encourage you to explore the wider context of the role that trees play in your lives and as part of the ecosystem in which you live through a range of activities from our Enviroschools resources. You can see suggestions in our team area post here.

Research Links:

For those in the Enviroschools network who are interested in research that supports the concept links between nature and mental well-being, we have collated some here in our team area.

Banner photo: Two KCC members celebrate Be with a Tree Week (photo by: Jo Frances)


Students listen to expert, James Washer, at an Action day on the West Coast.

This is our awa, Awanui. Students from Pakipaki School mihi to their place as part of preparations for planting native trees gifted by Hastings Central School during Matariki.