Best Nonprofits to Engage Kids in Nature
Kids have a natural attraction to the outdoor world and it effects their energy in the nature world. If you want to get the kids in your life more outdoor time, here’s the best nonprofits to engage kids in nature.
“From knowing comes caring and from caring comes change.” Manuel Bustelo
Pacific Whale Foundation
The Pacific Whale Foundation helps kids to learn more about the whales in Hawaii, an important winter breeding ground. Kids are introduced to plastic pollution solutions, keeping our oceans cleaner for the animals.
In addition to learning about the winter breeding ground, The Pacific Whale Foundation offers keiki whale watching tours, eco-adventures, like snorkeling and summer camps. Check out its online learning options as well.
National Park Service
The National Park Service offers a wide range of free ranger programs in individual parks for all ages. Check in at the visitor center for the current offerings.
Junior Ranger Program
From kids just old enough to hold a pencil through teens, the National Park Service offers the Junior Ranger Program in the majority of its parks. The program is free (some parks charge a small fee) and based on the uniqueness of each individual park. Booklets are handed out at the Visitor Center and based on age level. When completed, students hand in their booklet to discuss it with the Park Ranger and are awarded a Junior Ranger badge or patch. Top activity for kids in the National Parks.
Every Kid in a Park
Started in 2015 by former President Barack Obama, the NPS program gives U.S. 4th grade students an annual park pass for free. The student pass is good for a carload of friends and family.
Student Conservation Association
As a nonprofit organization, it is dedicated “to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.”
Just for teens, this program provides internships in park sites across the U.S. to gain hands-on experience in conservation. This internship isn’t paid but provides room (camping) and board.
For college students, paid internships provide the opportunity to lead high school students in SCA crews.
Roots and Shoots
Dr. Jane Goodall, the ground breaking primatologist, has a foundation with programming for students. The Jane Goodall Foundation guides students to take action in their community. From helping students organize beach clean-ups to learning how to conserve energy in the classroom, Roots and Shoots offers a framework for students as well as educators.
Families in Nature
Based in Austin, Texas, this nonprofits offers a gear-loaning program for families who want to experience the outdoors. In addition, it offers The Ecology School, a program with 16 badges in different sciences from Astronomy to Paleontology.
Legendary mountain man, John Muir, created the Sierra club in 1892 to help promote conservation. Now the Sierra Club organizes outdoor activities like hiking trips and outdoor activities across the U.S. along with international trips.