Recycling for Kids

You can teach your kids what to recycle so they learn what goes in the recycle bin and what goes in the trash.

Each recycling plant has its own rules about what it will and will not accept, so make sure you find out those rules first.

With your kids, keep it simple. Show them the five basic recyclable items. Most recycling plants accept paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass bottles, and aluminum cans.

As your kids finish the food or drinks in plastic or glass bottles, encourage them to rinse out the bottles. Have place to put these bottles that’s … Read more

5 Ways to Reduce Reuse Recycle (With Your Kids)

When it comes to the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle), the best place to start is at the beginning of the phrase. Reducing will impact the environment in a positive way far more than reusing or recycling, because the truth is that even items that get reused will eventually end up either in a recycling plant or in a landfill. Recycling items uses energy that doesn’t need to be used when reducing or reusing.

But since we need stuff, we need to find a way to use (or not use) stuff in a way that will cause the least harm … Read more

4 Everyday Ways to Help the Environment (With Your Kids)

Helping the environment is not an easy task. Most environmental problems are not caused by one or two individuals, but by collective actions that harm the environment. However, by being one of the people who does care about the environment and wants to help, you’ll be joining a collective group of people who are taking the same actions as yourself. Together, these actions can make a difference.

The first three items on this list of 4 everyday ways to help the environment are the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle.

1. Reduce

Reduce means to use less of something. … Read more

3 Tips for Spending Time in Nature (Even When the Weather is Bad)

Here are three tips for spending time in nature with your kids in all kinds of weather.

1. Wear the right gear.

When it’s hot and sunny, you can wear clothes that keep you cool and slather on the sunscreen. Or you can wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothes that protect you from the sun, and wear sunscreen on exposed skin.

In rain, wear a waterproof rain jacket with a hood, rain pants, and boots. If it’s warm and rainy, you could wear shorts instead of pants. Also, pants and shorts don’t have to be waterproof, but they should be made … Read more

3 Tips for Spending Time in Nature (Even in Bad Weather)

Podcast Show Notes

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather
3 Tips for Spending Time in Nature (Even when the weather is bad)

Nature Walk Video
City Park, November 2018

Animals and Plants
Northern cardinal
slash pine
bluestem grass
strange seed pods
sabal palm
tree/shrub with fuzzy white flowers
saw palmetto

“Laser Groove” and “Cold Sober” Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather

When I was a kid, I always stayed inside when it rained. I played outside in the sunshine, under clouds, and in the snow, but rainy days were never seen as an invitation to go outside.

When I got a job working at a camp, we took the kids hiking in all types of weather, including rain on cold days. Since we lived in Ohio, and the kids had come prepared to spend a couple of nights, everyone had rain coats or ponchos. Rain drops bounced off the top of my head and dripped off of leaves. Alongside the trail, … Read more

Animal Encounters

Podcast Show Notes

Animal Encounters
Animal Encounters Activity

Nature Walk Video
City Park, October 2018

Animals and Plants
dead trees
oak tree
rusty lyonia

“Laser Groove” Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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