As a parent, you’d like to help your children learn lifelong habits for protecting the natural environment. But where to start? Here are a few simple ways to get your children learning about going green.
Go camping. Nothing reminds us about the importance of taking care of the environment more than living right in it for a night or two. They’ll learn the significance of leaving the campsite as clean (or cleaner) as they found it and packing out every item and piece of trash that was packed in. They can hopefully observe clean waterways and forests, helping them realize the importance of protecting the environment. You can also use this time to teach them about valuable resources in the great outdoors, the importance of protecting our environment, and simple ways to protect wildlife.
Plant a garden. They’ll experience the satisfaction of growing their own food, eliminating the energy that would have been necessary for trucks to transport those same items to your local store and for you to drive there to purchase them. You can also incorporate lessons in composting, natural fertilizing and pest control, and water conservation. Take it a step further, and plant a tree on your property, discussing their role as oxygen producers and habitats for animals. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved!
Take a trip to a National Park. Our country’s National Park system showcases the beauty of nature and can provide a great contrast to the hustle and bustle of city life. Look for a National Park, National Preserve or National Historic Trail in your area, and if you have a fourth-grader, you can get them a pass for free admission to all parks.
Visit the farmer’s market. The next best thing to growing your own produce is buying it locally from farmers in your area. You get the freshest food available, and you can often find a much wider variety than you’re able to grow on your own. In addition to fruits and veggies, farmer’s markets will often also sell locally-produced products like honey and bread. Check out farmer’s markets in your area. Often they’re available year-round. You can even give your children a few dollars to pick out a special treat to sweeten the deal.
Go solar. Educating your children about the benefits of solar energy can help create a lifelong appreciation of renewable energy resources. Installing solar panels on your roof provides not only an incredible way to save money and help protect our Earth, but it’s also a unique and powerful way to help your children understand and appreciate this inexhaustible and clean-energy source.
Set a good example. Of course, children learn a lot from how we as parents act. So first and foremost, make sure to set a good example and practice your own environmental practices. Talk about recycling, turn off the water when not needed, volunteer your time to pick up litter and install a SmartRain irritation system!
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