Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
One of the things we can do to teach children how to care for wildlife is to create a Wildlife Friendly Garden or Habitat around our home with these four easy steps from the National Wildlife Federation:
These are things anyone can do regardless of home dwelling ~ single family home, apartment, condo, etc. Even if we are not able to do it on a large scale, little things here and there are helpful to the wildlife around us, so it’s important to do what we can. Here’s how we’ve created a wildlife friendly habitat in our home: We found a covered area in our patio shaded by trees but still gets plenty of sunlight and hung a bird feeder. Near it we have a water bowl and we leave the seeds on the ground to feed other critters such as the cute little chipmunk who visits us daily now. My son loves seeing the different birds that come, not to mention the chipmunk. He’s learned to identify male from female Cardinals and recognizes their call/song. In addition to the Cardinals and chipmunk, our wildlife friendly habitat also attracts Chickadee, Dove, Finch, Blue Jay and Sparrow. We love seeing the wildlife daily. It’s hard to get a picture because the feeder is so close to our sliding door but we rather get the daily visits than the photo ops.
Another way to promote wildlife is through Endangered Species Day, held on May 18. This is a day to celebrate the success stories of conservation efforts, as well as to make us aware of threats to species which have been identified as endangered or threatened through the Endangered Species Act.
Other activities to help children learn more about caring for and protecting wildlife is to take a nature trail walk or tour, visit the library for books specific to habitats and conservation, visit a zoo or nature reserve, watch National Geographic programs, look up wildlife information in the encyclopedia or contact your local or state wildlife agency to learn about programs in your area.