5 Summer Activities to Foster Conservation Education with Young Children

Here are 5 fun and educational activities that promote conservation awareness and environmental responsibility.

By: Kenisha Archer

It’s more important than ever to instill conservation values in children. While conservation may not be the easiest topic to teach children, its understanding is crucial to our shared future and survival. Nurturing a deep appreciation for nature and wildlife helps children develop empathy and feel connected with other living beings. Involving young children creates a sense of pride and empowers them to act as custodians of their communities. At PASA, we are dedicated to protecting African primates and their habitats, and we believe in the power of education and community engagement to drive positive change. With summer on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to engage children in fun and educational activities that promote conservation awareness and environmental responsibility. Here are 5 exciting ways to engage children in conservation education this summer:

1. Nature Walks and Wildlife Spotting

Take the time to bring children on nature walks in local parks or nature reserves. These outings provide valuable opportunities for children to observe and appreciate the beauty of local wildlife, from birds and butterflies, to small mammals and insects. Emphasize the importance of cherishing wildlife and their habitats, and encourage children to ask questions and explore their natural surroundings. Remember to Leave No Trace whenever exploring the outdoors by disposing of waste and respecting wildlife.

2. Gardening for Wildlife

Promote the idea of creating a wildlife-friendly garden at home. Plant native species that attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, and involve children in the planning and planting process. Gardening not only fosters a connection to nature but also teaches valuable lessons about biodiversity, ecosystems, and the importance of sustainable practices.

3. Build a Compost Bin

About 8% of greenhouse gas emissions come from wasted food. You’re playing a key role in fighting climate change simply by composting. Whether you live in a teeny apartment or a suburban home, composting can easily become a part of your family’s conservation efforts. Building a compost bin with children teaches them about the natural cycle of decomposition but also instills the importance of responsible consumption and waste reduction. Encourage children to collect organic materials from the kitchen and garden to add to the compost bin, and involve them in turning and maintaining the compost pile.

Gardening and composting with children teaches them about sustainability and fosters a connection with nature.

4. Environmental Art and Crafts

Eco-friendly art projects using natural materials such as leaves, twigs, and recycled materials are not only fun but allow kids to connect with nature in a creative way. Engaging in arts and crafts activities stimulates creativity and raises awareness about conservation issues, promoting environmental duty. Encourage children to create artwork inspired by nature and wildlife, using conservation themes, and remember to display their creations proudly as a reminder of their commitment to protecting the planet.

5. Volunteering

Discuss the benefits of community involvement in conservation efforts and seek out volunteer opportunities with local environmental organizations or wildlife sanctuaries. Volunteering not only provides valuable hands-on experience but also fosters a sense of empowerment and connection to the natural world. If volunteering is not feasible, encourage friends and family to make a donation to support conservation efforts or participate in community clean-up events to help protect local ecosystems.

Environmental arts and crafts can help kids learn about animals and the environment. 

Incorporating these exciting summer activities into your family routines can have a lasting impact on children’s understanding of conservation and their role in protecting the planet. By fostering a love for nature and wildlife from a young age, we can inspire the next generation of environmental leaders and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. While PASA works to protect the habitats of primates in Africa, local community work is vital to remind us that we are all guardians of the earth.