How to Teach Your Kids to Respect and Conserve Wildlife

by Dec 4, 2019Wildlife0 comments

Many of our wildlife are going instinct at an alarming rate. Despite the efforts of several wildlife conservation groups to prevent losses, there are still a lot of people who fail to see the importance of protecting nature and continue with their habits that are harmful to the environment. An excellent way to ensure that the succeeding generations value wildlife is to teach children about wildlife respect and conservation. 

Why is it important to teach kids about respecting and conserving wildlife?

How to Teach Your Kids to Respect and Conserve Wildlife
Developing an appreciation of nature to our kids is a crucial factor in ensuring the safety of our wildlife and environment in the coming decades. Children who know how to respect wildlife not only become mini stewards of the environment, but they also grow up to be kinder and more considerate. To nurture these traits in your child, educate them on some of the essential things about respecting wildlife.

Respecting Wilderness

Children tend to believe that animals have the same qualities as humans, and that can be harmful to both the kid and the animal. Show your kids that animals who are in their natural habitat are living the good life and that they should remain where they are free and comfortable. You can start by showing photos of animals getting playful and wild in their natural environment.

Respecting ALL Animals

Kids will naturally be drawn to cute and cuddly animals and be protective of them, but how about those “scary” ones like snakes and worms? The ecosystem needs all animals to remain healthy. Caterpillars, for example, keep the soil healthy when they wriggle through dirt, so it’s essential to make your kids understand why even the not-so-cute critters need to be respected and protected.

Respect Animal Privacy

Kids being kids will always chase after squirrels and pet the wild rabbits. Still, these seemingly innocent gestures can negatively affect the animals because they can cause a change in their natural behavior. Remind your kids to leave wild animals alone and watch them from a safe distance. Consider buying them binoculars so they can safely enjoy watching wildlife from your backyard.

Respect Animal Homes

Apart from teaching children how to leave critters alone, it is also your duty as a parent to warn them about the dangers of taking home souvenirs that may be an animal’s home, like shells, nests, and logs. Likewise, teach your kids to properly dispose of their trash as some animals mistake litter for food. Human food may also be harmful to some animals, so it will help to educate them on the diet of the animals that they usually encounter.

Respect Animal Homes

Wildlife Education

The lessons learned in childhood will influence people throughout their lives; that’s why it’s crucial to ensure that you’re teaching your kids the right things about life and the environment. But with kids spending more and more time in front of screens, it can be easy for them to be disconnected from the natural world.

Your kids will develop an appreciation for nature and understand the importance of protecting the plant with your initiation, so make sure you involve them with the outdoors as much as possible. Here are some tips you can use for teaching wildlife conservation to your kids.

1. Read Books and Watch Documentaries

Because of the different views of people about teaching environmental subjects in schools, your kids may not be getting enough information about wildlife inside their classrooms. Fortunately, you can supplement your kids’ learning with the help of wildlife magazines, books, and documentaries. You can find a lot of kid-friendly resources at your local library or online. Make it a point to read or watch together so you can explain to your kids some information that may be a bit confusing or overwhelming.

Your kids will develop an appreciation for nature and understand the importance of protecting the plant with your initiation, so make sure you involve them with the outdoors as much as possible. Here are some tips you can use for teaching wildlife conservation to your kids.

2. Do a Nature Walk Around Your Neighborhood

You don’t need to travel far to teach your kids about wildlife. The natural world is at arm’s length, and you cross path with it every day. Give your kids some notebooks, magnifying glass, and binoculars, and take them to a walk around your neighborhood to observe nature. Have them record the details they encounter by drawing pictures or writing descriptions on their notebooks. When you get home, look up all the critters and plants they saw so you can learn more information about them and what they do for our environment.

3. Plant a Garden

Once your kids learn about respecting and protecting wildlife, they can put their knowledge to practice by growing a pollinator garden in your yard. It’s an excellent opportunity to teach your kids about plants and pollination and while giving them a hands-on experience.

Plant a Garden
Assign your kids to keep track of the number of pollinators that are visiting your garden. This task will allow your kids to see how their actions affect the environment.

5. Be Involved in Your Local Community

If you want your kids to learn more about the long-term benefits of protecting and conserving wildlife, encourage them to participate in environmental projects in your community. Helping out in the neighborhood with your kids not only teaches them the importance of protecting wildlife, but they also get to experience the joy that comes with it.

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