I am just finishing up my first time teaching Introduction to Environmental Science at a local university (all the stress from the semester is coming out in my post title). I loved the teaching course but I don't know if I was able to help my students gain a real appreciation for the natural world. For me, I miss not being able to help my students connect with the outdoors through lab work. On the student side, it might just be this was a required course and not a personal interest for them.
But it made me think, am I helping my children gain an appreciation of and respect for nature? What more can I do?
Then I found this quote.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin
Involving our children in outdoor activities is super simple.
Here are a few ideas for how to do it.
Start in the backyard: chores, gardening, and exploring.
Volunteer: Learning to work hard and give back to our communities has many benefits. Mommy Hiker has a wonderful series on volunteering. Check it out!
Do what you love: let your children see your enthusiasm. Talk to them about why you love the outdoors.
Do what they love: My son loves mud and I got him to go hiking again by telling him we were going to look for mud. Totally worked and I still use it every spring.
Be Green! Make it a habit from a young age, then it will always be a habit. Check out what we are doing to be Green on my St. Patrick's Day post.
How are you helping your children gain an appreciation for and respect of nature?
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