Plant a Seed Relay

The Flowers of Tomorrow are the Seeds of Today


It wasn't until the 1800s that people in the United States started making paper from trees and wood fiber. Municipal paper recycling started in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1874, as part of the nation's first curbside recycling program. In 2010, 63.5 percent of the paper used in the United States was recovered for recycling, an average of 334 pounds for every man, woman and child nationwide and an 89 percent increase in the recovery rate since 1990. Statistics and facts reported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency have shown that there is a reduction in air and water pollution when paper products are recycled over the manufacturing of new paper. Water pollution is lessened by 35 percent and air pollution is lessened by 74 percent. Instead of cutting down more trees to produce more paper the trees can be saved by using old newspapers to produce new paper. Reforestation is the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted, usually through deforestation.[1] Reforestation can be used to improve the quality of human life by soaking up pollution and dust from the air, rebuild natural habitats and ecosystems, mitigate global warming since forests facilitate biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and harvest for resources, particularly timber.

From coast to coast, they are more than our national forests. They are considered national treasures. They thrill us with towering majesty and inspire us with breathtaking beauty in a spectrum of colors.

They provide wood for our homes, habitat for wildlife, clean air, and drinking water for millions of us.

Our forests are our future. And you can help protect them…one plant at a time.


1. Arrange students in groups of 4, lined up along at the cones.

2. Each group is given a labeled container and a scoop/spoon.

3. Opposite of the lines is a container of dirt.

4. At the signal to go, the students relay race (that means one teammate at a time) to the container to get a scoop of dirt, return to their line to fill their cup, and hand the scoop to the next partner in line.

5. Once the cup is filled, sprinkle some of the seeds in the dirt, and set aside.

These cups will be delivered to their homerooms.