Humanist Perspectives: Connecting Children to Nature

I have many favorite quotes about children and nature, but here are two very simple yet insightful ones:

“What is the extinction of a condor to a child who has never seen a wren?” - Robert Michael Pyle, author

"How can we expect [children] to really care about their natural environment if they’ve never had an experience in it?" - Martin LeBlanc, Sierra Club

Taking your child or children on an afternoon trip to the zoo is a great thing to do, but what does that matter if a child is not connected in some way to the animals that live near their home? Why should we care to learn about pandas and cheetahs and polar bears if we haven't learned about salmon and owls and dragonflies?

My five-year-old son is a member of a generation that will face serious issues regarding the environmen…
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