Few would deny there is much work to do when it comes to wildlife conservation. Just one of many startling conservation facts comes from Harvard University, which highlighted that “Approximately 30,000 species per year (about three per hour) are being driven to extinction.”
Although it seems hopeless, there is still hope: people in the 21st century are far more aware of how important it is to protect the planet and its array of inhabitants, including wildlife and people. And much of the positive progress in wildlife conservation has primarily resulted from a generational shift in attitudes over time, a trend we can continue to impact in a meaningful way.
If you are a parent, you might have aspirations of teaching your children how to work with nature instead of against it. So with that in mind, here are a few fun ways to engage in wildlife conservation for the whole family.
Educate & Inspire Through Art-Making
Art is such a brilliant way to educate, inspire and engage our young ones in wildlife conservation. And it’s a fantastic means to occupy the kids for a few hours on a rainy day. To get started, you can access our free ocean activity kit.
The kit focuses upon three endangered species, the Great White Shark, the Green Sea Turtle, and the Bluefin Tuna. And you can use it to teach your kids exciting factoids about these ocean-dwelling creatures while engaging them in a range of art-making tutorials.
We also offer a free Savanna activity kit focusing on the Giant Anteater, the Rothschild’s Giraffe and the Pangolin: three endangered species native to the African savanna.
Once you have downloaded your chosen kit, all you’ll need to get started is a printer, paper, scissors, glue stick and felt tip pens or crayons. The activities will encourage your children to adopt a compassionate approach to nature that will last a lifetime.
Explore the Local Wildlife
Alarmingly exotic species aren’t the only ones making the endangered list. For instance, in the UK, many breeds of farm animals and bees are struggling too. Making it essential to consider a local approach because we can achieve so much for global wildlife conservation by starting in our communities.
On the theme of educating through art-making, try getting your young people excited about local and often overlooked endangered species with farm animals clipart or honey bee clipart. Here’s a top tip: Turn your downloads into stickers by printing them on sticker paper or use them as printable colouring book pages.
Another fantastic local starting point is to explore the great outdoors as a family and discover the wildlife in your community. Try:
- A walk to see the ducks
- Venturing into your garden to name the Minibeasts or to plant bee-friendly flowers
- A day out to a wildlife preserve close to home
- Fund-raising for a local wildlife conservation initiative
The range of activities outlined above will instil a healthy sense of appreciation and wonder within your children, all while making learning fun. Educating in these hands-on ways will also encourage the next generation to appreciate and protect the wildlife that lay on their doorstep and in the world beyond it.
*This is a collaborative post*