Plants and animals are going extinct at a terrifying rate. Wildlife conservation groups are doing all that they can to stop the losses, but many people who fail to see the value of nature refuse to curtail their harmful habits or direct resources towards conservation. Teaching your own children about conservation is a good way to make sure that the next generation values the act of saving wildlife while also ensuring that they can learn about ecology.
Visit Zoos, Aquariums, and Gardens
Most zoos, botanical gardens, and similar facilities offer wildlife and environment conversation programs. Some of these programs are specifically designed to be fun and entertaining for kids. They provide an opportunity to explore a new environment, see interesting things, and engage in activities that raise their environment awareness.
- Sign up for tour groups. Having a tour guide makes the trip convenient and informative. Your kids will also be more enthusiastic to learn when they can interact with several other children.
- Let your kids take the lead outside of tours. They will naturally seek out the exhibits that interest them the most which reduce the risk of boredom.
- Use the trip as a foundation for future learning. If they see something interesting, get them a book on the topic so they can learn more.
Nature documentaries provide a good alternative for kids who are not fond of taking a trip to the zoo. National Geographic, for instance, have created plenty of kids-friendly videos on nature and animal conservation.
Pick a documentary that is appropriate for your kids’ age group. There are shows about wildlife conservation for kids of any age, but some of them include natural scenes of hunting or other activities that might be too violent for young audiences.
Here are some other fine choices:
- Bill Nye is an expert at presenting science in a way that young children can understand. Not all of his shows have focused on the environment, but those that do are excellent choices.
- Older kids and their parents can check out David Attenborough’s documentaries. Some of the documentaries feature close encounters with rare animals, making them even more satisfying to watch.
Watch the Birds
Taking kids your kids for some walk around the neighborhood is fun. It exposes them to green surroundings. But you can make the experience even better by encouraging your kids to be aware of the birds they see around. Point out birds as you see them. Share bits of information about the species.
To increase your kids’ interest in birds:
- Buy them books on birds.
- Ask them to make a list of birds they want to see on your next walk around the neighborhood.
- Bring a camera so that you can take pictures of birds you have not seen before and cannot identify. When you and your kids are back home, you can all do some research on the particular bird.
Plant a Garden
Modern life has many conveniences, but it doesn’t teach people about the amount of time that nature needs to recover from losses. Planting a garden will teach your children about how long it takes for plants to grow. This can help raise their awareness on the impact of harming plants in the wild.
Meanwhile, crop failures will help them realize how fragile plants are. This encourages them to act responsibly towards plants.
Not all gardens are created equal. There are a few things that you should do to optimize the lesson:
- Grow many different types of plants. Leafy vegetables, bushes, and trees all grow at different rates, and mixing them can help kids learn about the diversity of nature.
- Make sure the kids help out in the garden so they can learn about what plants need to survive.
- Comparing the species in the garden to those found in nature can lead into a lesson about domestication, and how humans alter their environments.
The Total Curriculum
No single method that can inspire all kids to save wildlife from destruction. Using different approaches to show your children how to care for the environment and animals promotes sustainable interest and consistent practice. As a parent, it’s also important to serve as a good example to your children. They need to see that you have genuine concern even to the tiniest species on earth.