"In the end, we conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We understand only what we are taught."- Baba Dioum, Senegalese Poet
What's the best way to help the environment? Get people up close and personal with nature so they will learn to appreciate what it is we are all trying so hard to protect. With that is mind, here are 10 Earth Day activities to help share your passion for the planet.
Most of these activities were written with children in mind, but you may be surpised to learn how much fun they are for adults, too! In fact, many of them are great fun for adult Earth Day celebrations or for any eco-minded couples. So in honor of Earth Day, Get outside and explore!
2) Play Got W.O.N.!: Similar to the scavenger hunt above, in this activity, each participant is sent out into the yard to see how many Wonders of Nature (W.O.N) that they can find in an allotted time. At the signal of the timekeeper, each participant heads out looking for wonders. When they find something of interest, they yell “Got W.O.N.”, and the name of the Wonder of Nature that they have discovered. An example would be “Got W.O.N. – Hawk feather!” or “Got W.O.N. – monarch chrysalis.” At the end of the allotted time, the person with the most Wonders is the Winner!
Green Porno by the beautiful and talented Isabella Rossellini
6) ID some wildlife: Pack up your digital cameras and visit a local birding spot, park or nature preserve. Take photos of as many different birds and other critters as you can. When you get back home, see how many of the species you can identifying by using bird guides, such as the Silbey Guide to Birds, or online resources such as those listed on the Take Care of Your Share website.
favorites sites and, of course, our favorite book.
8) Start a wildlife habitat journal: Keeping a wildlife habitat journal is a great way to learn about the wildlife in your yard. You will learn landscape basics such as which plants are most favored. But a journal will also allow you to better monitor the exciting progress of the entire butterfly life cycle from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly and will let you know when to re-hang feeders for your visiting hummingbirds. Here’s a great article about the topic and there is much more information in the book shown above.
9) Start a wildlife life list: For birders, a life list is a cumulative record of bird species that have been positively identified and seen by individual birders. In our landscape, we have broadened our life list to include other species. Here is a link to our birding life list.
National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat Program