Teaching Conservation to Kids

Teaching our Children to Appreciate Nature

As a parent, teaching our children to appreciate nature may not beWhite-tail deer fawn a top priority, or even something that we’ve thought about.  Many of us take nature for granted, ourselves.  If you live in an urban area, you may have limited experience with nature and may not have a full grasp of its importance or admiration for its wonders.

Those of us who grew up in more rural areas may be under the impression that not much has changed and that there’s nothing really to be concerned about.  And yet, ecologists have a different story to tell and we should all have a vested interest.  Some of the top environmental concerns we should be aware of are as follows[ref]List of 30 Top Environmental Concerns[/ref]:

  • Contamination of drinking water
  • General water pollution (which affects fish and other marine life)
  • Soil contamination
  • Air pollution
  • Wildlife endangerment / extinction

Whether we realize it or not, we are all affected by the health of this little blue planet we call home.  It is incumbent on us, as parents, to educate the next generation (our children) to appreciate and treasure the environment and the natural resources we rely upon.  Teaching our children about nature and teaching kids conservation is vital to our future.


 

Experience Flora and Fauna with your Children

One of the best ways to get your kids interested in conservation, ecology and the environment is to provide them with first-hand experiences with nature.  Here are a few ways you can instill these values in your children:

  • Go for bike rides, picnics or hikes in the country (or nature preserves)Red Point Honduran with your children.
  • Visit a zoo, petting zoo, aquarium or botanical garden with your kids.
  • Bring a camera and capture pictures of the plants and animals that you observe.
  • Go boating, camping or fishing with your children.
  • Take up a hobby pertaining to nature with your kids:  e.g., bird watching, gardening or setting up an aquarium.
  • Read about nature and the environment with your children.
  • Keep a nature journal or encourage your child’s artistic talent to draw landscapes and/or wildlife.

All of these activities are great ways to spend a relaxing day and bond with your children.  These activities will help create lasting memories and food for thought and discussion with your kids.  Once your children have developed an understanding and appreciation for nature, it will be much easier to teach your kids about biodiversity and help instill in them a concern for wildlife conservation.


 

Cultivate an Appreciation for Nature

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Your child may not be the next Jacques Cousteau.  They may not be a marine biologist or a wildlife photographer for National Geographics.  However, it is almost inevitable that their lives will be impacted in many ways by nature and they may very well find themselves either directly or indirectly involved in finding ways to better preserve and conserve our natural resources.

From governments to large corporations, more of an emphasis than ever is being placed on ecology and the environment.  With the earth’s population expanding, it is imperative that we learn to be better stewards of the earth’s many resources, including its flora and fauna (i.e., its vast variety of plant and animal species), with an enhanced understanding of the delicate balances that exist in nature.

The generation of tomorrow will be heavily invested in the following endeavors, to name a few:

  • Increased fuel efficiency
  • Clean, renewable fuel sources
  • Water purification and conservation
  • “Green” manufacturing processes
  • Wildlife protection
  • Improved forestry management
  • Sustainable agricultural practices

Many of us tend to take for granted things like fresh drinking water, uncontaminated fruits and vegetables, fish and other meat sources, etc.  We don’t consider the fact that this planet has a finite amount of natural resources.  Raising our children to understand and appreciate nature and teaching them the importance of conservation will help them find their roles in preserving the Earth’s wonders and resources for future generations.


 

 

Take time to explore and enjoy nature with your kids!

-Patrick @ FamilyStaples.com

 

 

Patrick

About Patrick

Single father of five wonderful children. Left the hectic corporate world to start my own online business to allow me the flexibility to spend more time with my kids, while encouraging other parents to do the same: making the most of their time with their children during their formative years. For more details, go to: http://familystaples.com/about-me.

Comments

Teaching Conservation to Kids — 6 Comments

  1. Hi Patrick,
    What a great article about a subject that is so dear to my heart. I love nature and a big part of that stems from spending time with my mother and father doing outdoor adventures in my youth. I think what you are writing about here on this site is just great pearls of wisdom. I’ll pass it on and thanks again.
    Todd

    • Todd,
      Thank you for your feedback. I too love nature and have many fond memories of spending time outdoors. I still try to get outdoors with my kids as often as possible … we’re going camping this weekend … and want to ensure that they and their children are able to enjoy the beauties of nature in the future.
      Have a great day!
      Patrick

  2. Hello Patrick, you beautiful put it down in words, Teaching our Children to Appreciate Nature, I always say, teach the children well and we can change the world in one decenium. Greetings Loes

    • Loes,
      Thank you for your kind words. You’re absolutely correct — our children can absolutely change the world for the better if we teach them properly.
      Have a great day!
      ~Patrick

  3. Hi Patrick!
    This is an absolutely wonderful post!
    What you have shared is so very important! I hope that it will give parents cause to reflect and to be encouraged, to teach their children to enjoy and cherish God’s creation!
    The earth can heal and mend if we will be the stewards that cherish and nourish the earth in ways such as you have discussed above.
    And I don’t believe there is any better way to bond in love than through sharing the loving experiences of building memories together while exploring the gift of creation!
    Christa 🙂

    • Christa,
      Thank you for your feedback and encouraging words. I agree with you that the earth has tremendous ability to “heal” itself: one prime example I’ve witnessed recently is the comeback of the American Bald Eagle. Once near extinction, I now see these beautiful, majestic birds on a regular basis.
      Have a wonderful day,
      ~Patrick

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