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Teach your kids the value of nature

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Tips to connect with nature

Kids who are constantly engaged in gaming, texting and television often have little connection or appreciation for nature because their daily lives revolve around technology and not the outdoors. Fostering an appreciation of nature in our kids is a crucial component to ensuring the welfare of the environment and wildlife. We talked to Jay Holcomb, director emeritus of International Bird Rescue, about his involvement in the newly launched Junior Wildlife Champions program for kids and how parents can teach their kids the value of nature.

Mom and daughter and nature

5 Ways parents can teach children the value of nature

Here are Holcomb's five tips for parents to help their family connect with nature.

1Appreciate your local nature sights

Wildlife issues in other parts of the world can make kids feel helpless to aid a problem so far away. Empower them by fostering an appreciation for the environment and wildlife in your own state or town, so they can actively promote the welfare of nature in their own backyard.

2Go on family field trips

Plan family field trips to state parks, lakes, nature trails or other outdoor sights. The more time you spend in the great outdoors with your kids, the more your family will feel connected to nature and more willing to care for it.

3Spend time outside every day

Increase your family's awareness of nature by spending more time outdoors. Walk or bike to the store or post office, play at the local park and plant a garden in your backyard.

4Use tech for nature's sake

Use technology, such as television and the Internet, to learn more about nature topics that interest you and your family. Instead of living on the computer, live more outdoors, but use your tech time to increase your knowledge of nature and the things you can do to protect it.

5Create a family action plan

As a family, go through Dawn's free Junior Wildlife Champions lessons, then create a family action plan to help wildlife in your own community. In addition, make sure part of your family action plan is to spread awareness -- tell other families about your commitment to caring for the environment and encourage them to do the same.

?More on Dawn's Junior Wildlife Program?

Watch this video to see ?Dawn's Junior Wildlife Program? in action!

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