How Can I Teach My Kids About Nature?

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"Take time to listen and talk about the voices of the earth and what they mean - the majestic voice of thunder, the winds, the sound of surf or flowing streams." Rachel Carson.

We all know the importance of connecting our kids to nature, but making it happen can be challenging.

  • First, when parents work long hours and children have homework and other activities, it's hard to find the time.
  • Second, the design of our cities and towns often don't provide much green space, and many homes have nowhere to grow things.
  • And third, sometimes parents themselves have lost touch with the outdoors but they still believe that nature is good for us and desperately want it for their children too.

There are plenty of tales about kids who don't know that milk comes from cows, or that potatoes grow in the ground, or that chickens really do lay eggs.

Worse still, many schools have been forced to sell off invaluable playing fields; towns have lost their parks, and we've all seen open spaces with signs saying 'Keep off the grass'.

Where can nature be found in such places which separate children and their families from the very earth we came from? In fact, it can be discovered in the most unlikely locations. All it takes is the time to explore.

According to author Thomas Berry: "Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives."

Fortunately, it's also one of the most enjoyable parental (and grandparental!) responsibilities!