Kids Who Value Our Ecosystem
Submitted by Ashlee Kolar on Thu, 2017-07-13 00:00
How do you get kids to connect to our ecosystem and see the value of how we manage our environment?
While talking to my (almost) 5 year old about why she likes to be outside - her response was, "I like to swim in my pool and play on my swing set."
I think kids struggle with seeing the big picture. I know she's not even in school yet, but she already knows that being outdoors and involved with an activity is fun. I feel that we need to pursue this desire that kids have for connecting to "things" and angle it towards the overall picture that allows us those "things". Help them to understand the who, what, when, where, why, and how of our ecosystem. They want to learn these things if we make it tangible for them to understand and bring it down to their level.
My second question was, "Why do you enjoy the mountain?" Her response, "Because I love the snow - it's fun to play in." They need to realize how "fun" our ecosystem is and the effects that we can have (or not have) on the environment around us. I feel that Adventure Learning has a vast variety of activities to bring things more down to a kid's level of learning, and in doing so, allow them to understand the entirety and importance of our ecosystem and how/why we need to protect it.