How to Host a Kid’s Tree-Planting Party For Spring

Get kids outdoors & care for our planet with more sustainable fun
an aerial view of seedlings in a tray
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Editor’s Note: Last spring we brought you “How to Host a Kids’ Beach Clean-Up Party.” We thought it would be fun to bring you another kids’ party idea this spring—tree planting. This same easy-to-follow step-by-step process can have your party up and running in no time at all.

Trees help to clean our air and provide habitats for many creatures. You can help the Earth by planning a tree-planting party this spring. The true joy of a tree-planting party is the enthusiasm of children and young adults, who are having fun while helping our planet. As you stand among these young people, ready to get your hands dirty and join in on the action, you can't help but marvel at how their energy transforms the world around them. Every hole dug and tree seedling planted by these kids leaves a lasting impact, knowing that they were part of something much bigger than themselves.

It’s no secret that kids who spend more time outdoors are healthier for it. By organizing a tree-planting party for children, you’re not only teaching them how to love and respect nature but also providing them with important hands-on experience.


  • allows kids to feel connected to nature and their communities
  • teaches kids how to plant and care for a tree
  • helps kids understand biodiversity and the importance of trees to the world 
  • enables kids to develop love/compassion for trees and nature
  • prepares kids to become future climate leaders


Use this five-step tree-planting party guide to throw a world-changing party your kids will always remember.

1. Before the Party

Pre-scouting a location for your tree-planting party (e.g., a nearby forest) will help mitigate any dangers that may exist and allow you to make sure that planting a tree in your chosen area is allowed—check local guidelines with your city or region for any rules that may apply. Alternatively, you can choose to have your party in your own backyard and avoid any unforeseen complications.

2. Send out Your Invites

Have your children invite all their friends! Make sure to include the parents too, as they can help plant a tree or organize art or other projects at the party. Encourage local friends to walk or cycle to your party—it is an eco-event after all.

Email the parents a tree-planting essentials checklist:

  • boots
  • hat
  • sunblock
  • gloves
  • raincoat

Sample invitation copy

A sample invitation to a tree planting party
Invitation sample courtesty of Andrea Koehle Jones

You're invited to a Wild & TREEmendous tree-planting party!

When: April 11, 2024, at 2 p.m.

Where: Whippendell by the Sea, 123 Street, Bowen Island

Parents welcome!

RSVP to Name at ###-###-####

Invitation art: Instead of using images of kids on your invitation, you can feature your child’s tree artwork.

3. Eco-Friendly Party

Try to reuse items around your home as party supplies like jars and other containers that can hold the seedlings before they are planted. Remember to keep your tableware eco too, by using reusable plates and utensils rather than disposable ones.

Tree-Themed & Plant-Based Snack Ideas for the Big Day: 

  • tree seedling cakes/cookies with butterfly and flower decorations and pretzel sticks as baby trunks
  • hummus and tree-shaped 100% organic corn chips
  • branches (more pretzels) 
  • vegetable wraps with carrots, cucumbers, avocado, and tofu
  • fruit kabob tree (grapes, strawberries, and blackberries)
  • chocolate cupcakes in planters with icing and cookie crumbs. Use rosemary as a ”tree seedling” (remove before eating)
  • you can do snacks, buffet style outdoors, or a picnic under a tree

4. Growing Fun

Kids like to hunt for things, so why not have them find items they will need for the day’s tree planting; parents can hide useful items ahead of time. In addition to these needed items, have them look for other things too like signs of nature as well as waste items that should not be there. Not all items need to be picked up. Instruct your participants to leave certain items where they find them. Tree bark, for example, can be rubbed by taking 100 percent recycled paper and placing it on the tree. Then rub the side of a crayon against the paper to see an etching of the bark.

Items for Tree Planting & Observation/Disposal:

  • shovels
  • pails for topsoil
  • watering cans
  • a broken branch on the ground
  • a fallen leaf
  • food packaging and any other waste that doesn’t belong around trees (discard these)
Children walking on a path in a forest and a young girl in boots digging in a garden
Courtesy of Andrea Koehle Jones

Items to leave behind: Rather than pick these items up, photograph, draw, make a bark rubbing (place 100 percent recycled paper on tree bark and use the side of a crayon to make a rubbing), or simply observe them and check them off the list—leaving them where they are.

  • pinecones 
  • animal footprints
  • feathers
  • interesting rocks
  • bird’s nests and eggs
  • bark from trees

Sorting & Arts

In addition to a sorting table, have a craft station run by parents to help kids make art from some of the treasures they collected. Art can include:

  • painting their favourite tree
  • wind chimes made from fallen branches
  • heart-shaped clothespin bird feeders
  • make a wish tree decoration to hang from your tree
  • Plant a tree seedling in an old mason jar. Kids can give them as gifts to family and friends who have a place to plant them.

Note: While this will be loads of fun, it’s important to remember safety. Remind the kids to stay together and stay safe! 

Prizes & Gifts

You can provide all participants with reusable canvas bags made from sustainable materials at the start of the day. These bags can be used to collect items during the scavenger hunt and to bring home any parting gifts you may have for them.

Scavenger hunt prizes: Tree-planting books

  • The Wish Trees: How Planting Trees Can Help Make the World a Better Place
  • One Million Trees: A True Story 
  • Nell Plants a Tree

5. Planting a Wish Tree

Children around the world are planting Wish Trees. The idea was inspired by the popular children’s tree-planting book The Wish Trees: How Planting Trees Can Help Make the World a Better Place. Pre-schoolers and early readers are connecting with the book and the idea that you are never too little to help the planet. The Wish Trees encourages kids to plant a local tree seedling with their parents and teachers, and then make a wish—especially for the world. Then, every time they return to visit and care for their tree, they can make more wishes! If your children ask you to plant a Wish Tree with them, jump on this opportunity to learn and grow together. Young children will fall in love with trees and begin to learn how trees can help our planet. 

Seedlings in pots and a child getting ready to plant
Courtesy of Andrea Koehle Jones 

A baby tree is called a seedling. Ask a parent or teacher to help you choose a place to plant it where it can grow strong and healthy. Next, grab a shovel and get ready to change the world.

Can You Dig It?

Digging is fun, and it’s okay to get dirty. Roots are the part of the tree that help keep the tree from falling over. They also gather water and nutrients—a type of tree food—from the soil. Ask an adult to help you measure and dig a hole for your seedling. The hole should be three times as wide as the seedling’s roots, but only as deep as the roots. Gently remove the tree seedling from its wrapper or container, then pop it into the hole you dug in the ground, making sure it’s standing straight up. Fill in the hole and pat the soil around the tiny tree trunk so the tree feels safe and secure. As you pat the dirt around your Wish Tree, close your eyes and make your wish. You can either blow your wish like a kiss out to the world or write it on 100 percent recycled heart- or butterfly-shaped paper, then hand tie it with a ribbon on your tree. Don’t forget to return often to check on your tree, water it when needed, and hug it often.


Aside from clean-up and making sure nothing is left behind (especially in local parks or forests), you can set up a donation—on behalf of all the guests—to an environmental organization that plants trees or supports children’s environmental programs.

These may include:

Don’t leave any decorations, party supplies, food, or collected garbage behind. Organize and recycle everything you can, and take everything with you to dispose of properly.


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