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Conservation & Education

There is so much to be learned in nature. But to keep this natural classroom available to everyone, conservation has to happen first. The Nature Network is passionate about conservation and education. Take a look below to find out more!

Conservation

starts with you.

Conservation efforts take many forms, but knowing how to start making a positive environmental impact within your own home can be overwhelming.

The Nature Network can lead you to the right path by providing simple routines you can start with your family as you create a greener household. Some of these activities are even included on our fun and family-friendly Nature Challenge Checklist!

One of the best ways to get involved in conservation is volunteering with a nature-focused nonprofit or participating in the classes, workshops and camps throughout the Lakes Area.

Connecting with nature and understanding the importance of protecting habitats along with the benefit they bring to all of us is one of our main goals. Here are some Earth-friendly activities you and your family can take part in:

  • Don't waste those veggie scraps from your summer garden! Simmer them on the stove for a flavorful stock and use it in your next meal.

  • Reuse your plastic bags instead of tossing them right away. Stuff one in your pocket on your next hike or stroll around the block and pick up trash. Every little bit counts!

  • Sharpen your naturalist skills: join a nature group and get outdoors with like-minded individuals. You will learn so much from your fellow peers!

  • Observe. Take time to identify nature around you. Download a plant ID app on your phone to learn more about the plant species living around your home.

  • Replace your plastics. There are many products that provide a plastic-free option. Buy shampoo bars, laundry detergent pods, canvas shopping bags, and silicone storage bags will make a huge impact on a household level. The Earth will thank you!

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Education

Learn with nature.

Nature restores children's attention - something as simple as taking a walk in the park can help a child's concentration and help perform better on cognitive tests.

Nature is a natural stress reliever - just like with adults, children are less stressed when they have green spaces to retreat to.

Nature helps with creativity - unlike being indoors where self-expression may be restricted, children can run, jump, hop, skip, shout and climb, which relaxes and reduces anxiety, tension and restlessness.

Nature creates social benefits - children, through outdoor play, can learn to share, problem solve, collaborate and develop empathy for others.

Inexpensive Things To Do Outdoors That Encourage Learning

  • Go on a scavenger hunt

  • Play "I Spy" outdoors

  • Look for shapes in the clouds

  • Go bird watching

  • Listen to animal sounds

  • Skip rocks on the water

  • Count leaves as they fall

  • Keep a nature journal

  • Watch how bees and ants work

  • Do an art project using things you find outside

  • Go bug hunting

  • Build and outdoor fort

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