Click on image to enlarge Students from Dubbo Public School’s Special Education Unit have been busy planting trees and shrubs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo as part of Schools Tree Day. National Tree Day is Australia’s biggest community tree planting event and a day where approximately 200, 000 school students make a contribution to Australia’s natural environment. “Schools Tree Day is a great way for children to get involved, get their hands dirty, learn about native plants and why they are so important to our environment,” said Deb Haesler, Senior Education Officer at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. “Today the Dubbo Public students have been planting trees around our Education Centre and car park area.” “Schools Tree Day is a wonderful opportunity for children to make a difference to their local environment and have fun at the same time,” said Deb. Growing local native trees and shrubs helps to provide food and shelter for Australia’s wildlife, increase native biodiversity and combat habitat loss that threatens much of our wildlife. National Tree Day aims to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to actively care for our unique land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians. Taronga Western Plains Zoo undertakes a number of projects every year that assist in regenerating native trees, wildlife corridors and creating sustainable fodder for the Zoo’s animals. Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located at Dubbo in Central Western NSW. The Zoo is open everyday from 9am – 4pm. For more information contact 02 6881 1400 or visit www.taronga.org.au.