Living Green Can Be Easy – Appreciating the Natural World

two boys standing on a log on a path in the woods
Our kids named this “Y Log”

Often we think living greener means spending more money, making a sacrifice or making an extra effort.   But living green doesn’t have to be hard.  Some things that are good for our health, good for the environment and good for our state of mind are easy too.   Today, I decided that my boys had had enough screen time, I needed some exercise and that we could all benefit from some simple fun.

You don’t have to live out in the country to take a walk in nature.  We live in a city,  but right near some woods.   You would be surprised by how small of a patch of trees you need to make a couple of young boys feel like they are in the middle of nowhere.  I said to Jon “I want to take the boys for a walk in the woods.  What can I say to get them to go willingly?”   Jon replied “Tell them you are going exploring, and if that doesn’t work, tell them to bring their toy guns.”  My toddler was thrilled with the idea, and my older son’s biggest resistance was “Can we go a little later?”

what is it with boys and sticks
The Stick – the original wooden toy

We walked over to the woods.  At first my toddler didn’t want to walk and the older one was dragging.  I do not consider myself very creative, so at first I wasn’t sure what to say to get them inspired.  I started with “Can you find a tree?  Look at that rock!”  and then shortly “This is called moss.”  Within a few minutes they were exploring, noticing and pointing things out.  “Look, this is moss too, but it’s different!”

They quickly acquired sticks to play with (what is it with boys and sticks?) and were having a great time.  They were looking at the pond and didn’t quite know what to do with it, so I told them they could throw rocks in the water.  (I drew a line and told them to throw from behind the line so that they didn’t fall in or get wet by accident.)   I was ready to head back – it’s still pretty cold here – but they decided to look for landmarks and see if they could mark a trail and then follow it back.

young boy pointing to something in the woodsAll in all, we were out in the woods for over an hour and when we decided to leave, they were discussing what we would do next time!

With all the things we work hard to do to be green, we need to remember that teaching our children to love and appreciate the natural world is one of the most important and easy things we can do.  If they don’t love nature, then they simply can’t understand why we want to protect it.

Happy Greening!

What do you do to help your children appreciate the natural world?  Leave a comment telling me!

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  1. Excellent 😉 nature treks r’ awesome. Always good to connect n’ commune with wild side/fringe o’ urban livin’.
    In my view helps balance/heal up ourselves as something very deeply embedded within our conscious evolutionary beings soaks up this simple n’ natural living whirled.

  2. What a brilliant Activity!
    We have a Nature Park here in town that when it’s warmer, I take my kids to to walk around. And then I also take them to my parent’s house in Wyoming which is ALL wilderness, and they get a taste of country life, and now each year we go on a large family camp out with my Mom, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, etc up in the mountains, where we have to make our own outhouse, etc, we sleep in tents and have a fun time playing in the river! We stay for the entire week! My kids now LOVE the outdoors!

    Thanks for linking up to Artistic Tuesday

    This is a great Creative POST!!

  3. I love being outdoors with my kids! It’s always a work in process but when they suddenly see the world through natural eyes – it’s amazing! Thanks for sharing! hopping over from Hobbies on a Budget

  4. Wonderful! It is indeed important that we share with our children our passion for nature and the planet. Otherwise, when they grow up they will likely be one of those people who do not care about the environment. Then, all our efforts to save our planet and live green will be in vain.

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