Keep Your Kid's Engaged
Keep your kid’s engaged year round by making it fun and educational at home, at parks, trails and out at restaurants.
Conservation might seem like a big concept for young children, but we can help them learn by showing them age-appropriate ways to care for our planet. Here's how you can engage your children in fun and educational ideas at home, like turning recycling into crafting,
Earth Day Projects to try with your kid
Sustainable projects are not only fun, but it’s a good way to incorporate math, science, reading and other lessons into environmental education without too much effort. Try these fun craft ideas:
Tissue Box Monsters by Giggles Galore
Egg Carton Tree by Glued to My Crafts Blog
12 Seed Starting Ideas using Recycled Materials by Lovely Greens
Seed Bombs by Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Count and sort recycling. Have your child help you sort bottles, cans, paper and other items for recycling. Before putting them into the appropriate bins, encourage your child to practice their counting skills, group objects together by color, and compare the different sizes or feel of the various objects.
Incorporate conservation into story time. Read books or poems about the importance of conservation and then talk about how your child’s actions impact their neighborhood, community and the world. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
Take Your Kids to Earth Day Events
We also engage with our kids through activities and play. Some of the best learning is through great community activities. Check out these great local activities happening today:
Engage Kids in Conservation at Our Local Parks
Overland Park also has a number of great parks that offer not just great play and hiking for kids, but also learning centers and more ways to get involved. Here are the two closest to us:
Ernie Miller Nature Center
Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center in the heart of Johnson County is a place where people of all ages connect to nature, with trails, forest, creek, prairie and pond to explore. At the nature center, children enjoy the opportunity to look at native wildlife and learn about their natural habitats. The exhibits teach visitors about native plants and animals and the effect we have on the environment.
Volunteer at Ernie Miller
Volunteer opportunities for adults and teens (with parental permission) on an individual basis. The nature center works with youth or adult groups wanting to schedule a service project. Call 913.764.7759 for information.
Overland Park Arboretum
8909 W 179th St, Overland Park, KS. Admission charged. 913.685.3604
This 300-acre attraction is home to thirteen gardens including their whimsical train garden and beautiful Monet garden. The arboretum offers trails to explore, 180 acres of prairie home to native plants, and special events throughout the year. "Approximately 85 percent of the property is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of natural ecosystems. The remaining portion includes traditional botanical gardens and the Environmental Education Visitors Center (EEVC).
Volunteer at Overland Park Arboretum
Short-term opportunities to volunteer are available throughout the year. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a short-term or single-event volunteer opportunity. Long-term volunteers must be 18 or older.
Farm-to-table Restaurants Teach Sustainability
With so many great restaurants in Kansas City, these have become staples in the community for supporting local farmers and growers, serving up the tastiest, healthiest and best-for-the-environment meals you’ll find in Kansas City! Visit KCFoodCircle.org for more restaurants.
We hope you’ll find new adventures and make earth day every day through teaching your children about conservation and sustainability.