Help Your Kids Stay Connected to Nature at Back-to-School Time

Written by Paul Mackie on . Posted in Act

“Staying connected to nature” is one of six excellent tips presented today by Bethany Hardy at the PBS Parents blog. Anyone with kids will appreciate the creative ideas for that always-rough family transition from lazy summertime to the rigorous new school year.

And our audience in particular will love the advice of Sarene Marshall (pictured), managing director of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team.

She says to “make a habit of getting outside together after the school day ends, for as long as the warm weather lasts. When the air turns cold, hold a ‘camp-in’ weekend evening. Set up floor pillows or sleeping bags, turn off all the electronics, and play good, old-fashioned board games. You can also encourage your kids to create a lasting record of the family’s outdoor activities by creating a ‘summer adventures journal’ together.”

I can’t wait to get home from work so I can do all this with my preschool-aged son! And not only are these fun activities, but they can also significantly reduce your carbon footprint. If you have more environmentally friendly back-to-school advice, please let us know in the comments section below or tell us your climate story here.

Some of the other tips unearthed by the PBS Parents author include ways to: reduce the anxiety of both you and your children, ease back into a more structured routine, resume more healthy eating habits, and find quality one-on-one time with each of your kids each day.

Paul Mackie is an associate director of communications and a blogger at The Nature Conservancy

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