Connecting Kids to Nature
Nature Makes a Great Teacher
Start getting in touch with nature by spending time outdoors with the children you know. It can be as simple as taking a walk, or lifting up a rock to see what's hiding underneath. Encourage them to be observant of their surroundings. Find examples of nature in your own backyard and around the neighborhood. The possibilities are endless when you explore the complexity and wonder of the outside world together.
Engage older kids in the environment by encouraging them to follow their interests. GPS technology for scavenger hunts, bird watching with binoculars and an I.D. guide, catching bugs for fishing, tending a vegetable garden, or keeping an outdoor sketchbook are examples.
Start Using Environmental Education
If exploring the outdoors informally together has sparked you and your child or student's curiosity, you can take the next step to prepare them for tomorrow's environmental issues by utilizing environmental education curriculum. Activities from reputable organizations like Project Learning Tree and Project WET can help teach about the complexity of the natural world and management of natural resources. They can be seemlessly incorporated into lesson plans of any school subject and are perfect for use by nature centers, museums, backyards, and more.