You and your children will learn the basic principles of composting, build a compost container, and maintain the compost pile for a home-grown supply of free, organic compost to enrich your garden soil.
This family nature activity is a great way to get connected to the birds in your backyard in as little as 15 minutes. Contribute to real bird conservation efforts just by counting what you see. No previous bird expertise required!
Food, shelter, water and safe places to raise young are the four essentials for welcoming wildlife. Use this activity to evaluate your current habitat and learn about butterfly gardens, bog gardens, meadows, water features, nesting boxes and more.
Map your assets and plan what features to build into your yard to produce food and attract wildlife. Use your garden map, dream big about what you’d eventually like to see, put it on your plan, then decide what you can realistically do this year. Maybe just a couple of raised vegetable beds, or a butterfly garden.
Butterflies, hummingbirds and blueberries seem like a world away at this time of year, but now ‘s the time to start dreaming! With your kids, create a map of your outside space and get ready to envision Eden. Start now to give yourselves time to plan ways to welcome wildlife and grow some groceries this year, learning hands-on about God’s creation along the way.
Once you’ve set up some backyard birdfeeders as described in Part 1, go beyond the simple pleasure of watching birds with these few steps, outlined below, to engage your family’s intellect and passions in a deeper understanding of birds and local ecology.