1. Walk, bike or take public transit
Teach your children the importance of conserving resources by biking or walking as a family. This can also provide a great opportunity for them to learn the safety, etiquette and rules of the road. In your neighborhood, on off-road trails or to and from school is a great place to start. Just don’t forget your helmets! Check out Walk & Bike To School’s website for more info about pedestrian safety, bike safety and local route guidance.
2. Grow vegetables at home, visit local farms and farmers markets
Growing your own vegetables at home is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and make sure your fruits and veggies are organic and chemical free. Teaching your kids how to grow their own food or source local seasonal vegetables will help ensure that the farm to table movement lives on and prospers in the next generation. Check out KidsGardening.org to learn more about getting kids involved in gardening at home and at shool.
3. Include recycling in your child’s education
Many people consider recycling simply separating out glass, aluminum and plastic into a different bin, which, isn’t a bad start. However, there is much more to recycling, it can be fun and educational. Get your kid involved in the recycling process by teaching them what can be recycled and why, working with them on arts and crafts projects that reuse materials and visit your local recycling center so they can see where it all goes and how it’s processed. Find more info about getting your kids excited about recycling here!
4. Encourage conservation and limit consumption
To teach your children that water is a limited resource, you may have to do a little more than simply telling them to turn off the water while brushing their teeth. However, it’s not always easy or cool to nag your children about water usage, so thankfully, the EPA has put together this list of games to help teach your kids about water conservation. Check out all the fun games and start conserving today.
5. Nature and wildlife conservation
In order to get kids excited about the outdoors and conservation efforts, get out into nature and let them see the animals and habitats that we’re effecting every day. Teach kids how humans and animals both depend on the planet and its resources. Go to a museum, a zoo or a National Park near you. If you can’t get out, bring wildlife to you by putting out bird feeders or salt licks to get deer and other wildlife to come into your backyard. Check out Activity Hero for more ideas to get your kids into nature and wildlife conservation!
By: Thomas Weld
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