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Best Family-Friendly Nature Documentaries to Watch With Your Kids on Earth Day (Or Any Day)

In 2020, it’s more important than ever that we get our kids interested in and engaged with the natural world — fast. As the years go by and the damage we’ve done to the environment continues, we desperately need a generation determined to restore the planet. And what better way to get your budding environmentalists involved than with the soothing tones of David Attenborough? Nature documentaries are the holy grail of family entertainment: informative, awe-inspiring, and (actually) enjoyable for all ages. In the spirit of Earth Day, we’re thinking about the nature docs that made our families fall back in love with the world around us.

Another bright side of nature documentaries? There are so, so many options to choose from. If your kids are wide-eyed about ocean life, there’s plenty to watch in that vein. If they’re penguin enthusiasts, we have you covered. These diligent documentarians have been all over the world getting up close and personal with wildlife, and if your family gets hooked on one topic, there’s always more to explore.

Finally, it has to be said that nature documentaries offer some of the best narrators in the game. Disneynature docs feature big-name narrators like Meghan Markle, Natalie Portman, and Tina Fey, while historian David Attenborough is renowned for his endearing narration of hits like Planet Earth and Blue Planet. 

Do yourself a favor and spend your Earth Day introducing the family to the wonders of the nature world through these documentaries. You (and your kids) will thank us.



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