"What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth...?" Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth
I've discovered a few resources for connecting kids with nature, and now seems to be a good time to share them, with school coming to an end:
www.DiscoverTheForest.org Organizations public and private come together to get kids outside to spend some quality time with nature. On this website dedicated to tweens (ages 8-12), kids can listen to animal sounds, learn to use a compass, and more. There's also a free e-book featuring our favorite forest-dweller, Shrek, who gives kids ideas about fun stuff to do outside. There's even a forest locator for parents, showing all the finer forests near you.
www.ChildrenNatureandYou.org also has an online nature guide that can be downloaded, and offers ideas for instilling children ages birth through five with a love of nature. Also visit the parent organization, www.HookedOnNature.org, that inspires and empowers people to develop joyful, lifelong, loving relationships--with each other and with the natural world.