Sometimes I feel like we can’t get away from some population of animals around here….even if we wanted to. Elk and bison and ground squirrels and snakes and bears and big horn sheep….oh my!
But, while we easily take it for granted, I know where we live is incredibly unique in our country and even in our world in many places. These are the animals I know and can appreciate. But, there are so many more that I am very rarely encounter. Truth be told, I honestly hardly think of them (but am working on that!)
This year I am proud to be representing Dawn (yep, the dish soap!) as a Wildlife Ambassador. You’ll see more posts this year about wildlife, and, of course, what Dawn does to help especially marine wildlife. I grew up in Alaska and saw the tragic effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill….and the way Dawn came to the rescue.
They also do pretty neat rescues and re-introduction into wildlife like this:
The Dawn Dish soap itself has dozens of different uses, but bottom line – they help clean up well, especially when relating to oil/trash vs. animals.
So why wildlife on this blog? Becuase part of the mission behind getting famillies outside is promoting a deep-rooted respect for our earth and nature in general. Wildlife certainly is part of that.
World Animal Day is October 4th
So what? What can you do? Basically bring awareness to kids (and, really, ourselves) about wildlife and animals and their importance. While there is certainly potential to do big projects at home and at school, we like to keep things simple around here. Here’s a few ideas:
- Go watch wildlife. In their natural habitat or the zoo. If those aren’t an option, there are tons of videos online. Dawn has a whole collection of them here that are great.
- Visit a wildlife sanctuary or animal shelter. Inquire about volunteering for an afternoon!
- Draw a picture of animals. Simple, I know, but a great way to make a connection.
- Head to your local library and bring home a pile of animal books
- Celebrate your own pets! Go on a walk with them, pet them, talk about why they are important in your family
- Go on a hike and oberseve the birds, squirrels, bugs, etc.
There are TONS more ideas here for kids broken up into age groups (and great ideas for schools!)
Education is so important. About nature, the resources of our earth, and wildlife/animals. What we know, we are much more apt to appreciate and respect.
This post is sponsored by Dawn. We are proud to represent them as Ambassadors this year!
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