Sunday was Earth Day, a day to increase awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment, so I thought it would be the perfect day to take the family on an adventure where we could do just that - enjoy our planet in all its natural beauty.
A short 30 minute drive from our house is a beautiful destination called Lighthouse Park. Not only is it a park full of skyscraping trees and nicely carved dirt paths, but it also serves as an outdoor classroom for nature studies. Tucked alongside the winding paths are information boards describing the natural surroundings - 500-year old fir and hemlock trees, and a wide variety of birds and bugs.
My kids loved learning all about the environment, and it was a great way to introduce the importance of caring for our planet, so that parks like these will be around when they have children too.
At home, we do our best to recycle, and to use products that are gentle on our planet. We read The Lorax, which teaches our children about the importance of monitoring our levels of consumption to ensure that we don't overuse our natural resources, and we keep the conversation light and understandable so that their developing minds can understand the important message behind the story:
'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.'
- The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
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