With over a hundred entries to choose from, I have the difficult task of selecting just five to win a free copy of my second book: Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009). So here goes: THE WINNERS!
** Eva K suggests: “Be a Nature Detective! Take a nature guide book from the library for a walk in the park, your neighborhood, or a nearby campus. Look for books on wildflowers in your state or birds or insects in your region. Identify native wildflowers and trees, birds, or bugs. Take pictures of them to share on Facebook or your own website, researching them and providing information with the pics. This will get your friends and relatives interested in doing the same thing.” Yeah, Eva!
**Tina C. shares this: “This year my kids and I are going to plant a monarch butterfly garden. I told them about the decline in the monarch population and then we sat down at the computer and did research on the environmental impacts that are affecting monarchs (flooding, deforestation, overuse of pesticides), and we decided to try to make a difference in our yard. We ordered milkweed seeds and will soon start the design process. Not only will my kids be outside, but they’ll be involved in planting the garden, watching for the monarchs, and they’ll gain a sense of pride in helping to continue a crucial species. I hope to show them that even a little help can make a big difference.” Good luck, Tina!
** Nadee Y. says: “Engage kids in birdwatching. Complete with binoculars and books for identifying, sketchbook for the creative types, bird feeders (constructing a bird sanctuary in the backyard), and a recorder for taping bird sounds.” Thanks, Nadee, for all five tips!
** Lauren D. proposes: “Start a garden with your kids! They get to look at bugs, get dirty, and even eat the fruits of their labors all while learning about plants and their local ecosystem as well as getting some fresh air, exercise and family togetherness time. This creates good stewards of the earth, and also teaches children to take pride intheir work and accomplishments.” Great family idea, Lauren!
**Janet W. has this idea: “Find a rancher in your area. Most of us are more than willing to take your kids for an hour or two of nature trails. Find one who is especially knowledgeable about the wild life in their area and she/he can tell you about it from burrowing owls to native birds, bugs, flowers, weeds, etc. We have a wealth of knowledge about our land and what or who lives on it.” Sounds great, Janet, can I sign up now?
Congratulations to our winnners! And to everybody, just keep getting out!
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