Summer Eco-Friendly Fun For Kids

With many children out of the classroom, summer is an ideal time for parents to introduce eco-friendly activities to help kids learn environmentally-friendly habits, while embracing everything Mother Nature has to offer.

Learning about the environment should be an on-going activity and the summer months are the perfect opportunity to get in touch with nature,” says Mary Desjardins, the executive director of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “Through fun-filled eco-friendly activities, parents can help their kids learn life-long lessons about their local environment and the impact of their actions.”

Every year, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) supports thousands of grassroots projects dedicated to preserving Canada's environment, says Desjardins. TD FEF has put together a few ideas of how to put an eco-friendly twist on activities for the kids this summer:

• Visit a Local Organic Farm: Local farms are great ways to show your children how food is grown and harvested. Curious young minds will get a glimpse of farm life – whether it's feeding goats and sheep, milking cows, or caring for crops.

• Grow a Meal: Start a small garden project by growing herbs and lettuce in a window box or build a raised-bed garden. Enjoy the results by adding homegrown vegetables and herbs to a meal.

• Go on a Park Adventure: Bring your children to a local park reserve to explore and admire Canada's beautiful landscapes. Photograph many different types of trees, flowers and bugs for a nature log. This year, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all Parks Canada locations. Find out more here.

• Volunteer at an Environmental Charity: Check out local charities that need volunteers for the summer. Activities could range from cleaning a beach or park to planting a community garden.

More information about local projects in your community is available online at

- News Canada
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