kids and nature

Conservation is only one part of the equation. Cultivation is the other, and the time to cultivate is now.

Does your church want to care for creation in a way that is easy, inexpensive, and still important? Build a bird house–or a few–to encourage love for and protection of God’s creatures.

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.

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.

Christmas is approaching, and it may seem there’s no time for picnicking or walks, but in reality it’s extra important to set aside a few hours to enjoy the outdoors as an antidote to the consumer side of the holidays.

Playing with Leaves and Sticks

November 19, 2009

An art in nature activity for kids inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Have fun making a temporary collage on the spot and get closer to God’s creation.