Raising kids who speak for the trees, part 3: invest in natureMeagan Francis
This is my daughter Clara, riding on my back in an Ergo carrier during one of her earliest trips to the local nature center and hiking trails. She’s been back many times since, as tromping through the woods is one of our favorite nice-weather family activities.
Purchasing family memberships to some of the awesome nature centers near our home is one of the ways we invest in the natural world as a family and help to ensure that those trees will still be around for my kids, their kids, and their grandkids.
Of course, there are other ways to invest in nature. Here are a few to consider:
- Visit state and national parks. The United States boasts an amazing network of national and state parks. Use them! Your support means more revenues for the parks, both directly via your entry fee and because funding is often based on public use. Plus, if you aren’t making regular trips to state and national parks, you’re missing out on a real treasure.
- Inform yourself about environmental issues in your community. Chances are good that in your area there are natural areas in need of protection – and your financial support or volunteer efforts can make a difference. Working together as a family to help protect a lake, forest, or even clean up a park will teach your kids first-hand about the power of volunteering and the importance of protecting nature.
- Check out the Nature Conservancy to find out more ways you can help communities close to home and far away. Right now, Universal Pictures and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up on The Lorax Speaks program in support of the Nature Conservancy’s “Plant A Billion Trees” program in the Brazilian rainforest. Check out the program’s Facebook page and get involved!
Your turn! How do you invest in nature as a family? Is giving to environmental or conservation causes a part of your regular giving budget?
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