Conservation efforts should be, and can be, accessible for people of all backgrounds, cultures and ages. Recognizing that we all play a role in protecting natural resources can have a huge impact. Learning how to be an environmental steward, and implementing daily conservation practices can be as simple as you make it to be. To encourage interest in conservation and the development of positive habits, we've compiled a list of activities for the everyone to try!
Outdoor Discovery Center
There are many local organizations that offer experiential learning opportunities. Allegan Conservation District partners with the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland to provide educational programming and resources. Below, you will find a few of their suggested activities! Visit their website for further programming opportunities.
DNR Online Learning Center
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and schools transitioning to online learning, the DNR has created online resources for teachers, students, and parents. Follow their websites for Nature at Home and Nature at School. Whether your kiddo is taking classes in-person or online, both websites are resources for educational materials, lesson plans, and activities.
Michigan Green Schools
Started in 2006, Michigan Green Schools is a non-profit 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting all Michigan schools – public and private – achieve environmental goals which include protecting the air, land, water and animals of our state along with world outreach through good ecological practices and the teaching of educational stewardship of students pre-kindergarten through senior high school.
Schools and their students voluntarily choose to participate in the program which focuses on real-world implementation of environmental programs in the classroom. Schools receive points for projects such as setting up a school recycling program, implementing a school energy saving program, planting a garden with native Michigan plant species, participating in an Earth Day event, and in many cases being creative and coming up with their own ways to improve and protect their local natural resources.
If your school is interested in participating or learning more, please contact ACD for more information!
Conservation for the whole family
Keep an eye out on our Events Page to participate in upcoming events!
Watch the videos below for more ideas on conservation activities you can try at home. For questions, or more information on specific projects, don't hesitate to call our office!