Yesterday my family went to the ECHO Lake Aquarium, on the Burlington, VT edge of Lake Champlain. One exhibit featured work that the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps has done to conserve habitat around Lake Champlain. Youth Conservation Corps are a project of the National Park Service. There might be one near you.
(Oh, and just for fun we also toured Vermont Teddy Bear factory, displaying a large photo of the plush animal’s namesake, Teddy Roosevelt, instrumental in starting the National Park Service if I remember my history correctly.)
I love seeing how children and youth care for the environment. Last month we visited The Butterfly Farm in Grand Cayman where we learned that children gave crucial help in saving the Cayman Swallowtail. It had been endangered after Hurricane Ivan (Sept. 11-12, 2004) ravaged its only food source.
Of course your environmental stewardship does not have to wait for a natural disaster. A Boston Globe article profiled three urban families raising kids without a car. Janie Katz-Christy, the mother in one featured family, is one of the initiators of Walk/Ride Days.
What do you observe youth doing to conserve the environment? Please post in the comments. Thanks!