Forests are perfect for family bonding as well as learning about and having a deeper connection with nature. Teach your kids about the natural world around them next time you are outdoors by carrying out these easy-to-do, fun nature conservation activities. In fact, you are also likely to have fun as you watch your child’s face light up with curiosity and wonderment. The next time you are in a wooded location, teach your kids the importance of the leafy branches and tangled roots of trees as a home for plants and animals. During this session, have the young one’s inventory plants and animals living around, on and in trees. This will help them understand how animals and plants depend on trees in various ways. Carry out fun art and craft activities for children, whether indoors or outdoors. One way to do this is by having your kids create a nature scrapbook where they can store some treasured materials from nature, like differently shaped leaves. You can also make 3D birds, create animal face masks or even a kaleidocycle. To make the kaleidocycle, you need string and glue. You can download an A3 instruction sheet featuring animals, and follow the instructions within on folding and careful sticking. The kaleidocycle is best for intermediate-aged kids and older. learning about conservation can be fun for kids, and also yourself. Indulging your kids with these and many more nature conservation activities helps them connect with nature and conservation. For maximal retention, expose your kids to ecology in a straightforward and practical fun manner – they will be more thoughtful of nature and appreciate it even more.
Going out to the mountains, fields and forests is a past time for many a city dweller these days, but is this something they do for fun, or is it a deep need to get back out to the smells and sensations of the earth? Many will attest to enjoying the peace, the quietness, and the fresh air. Health is the main reason most people chose to live in the countryside or regularly visit, even if they are not fully aware of this instinct themselves. Is it any coincidence then that treating people with mental health problems, by advising them to spend time in nature, might actually have positive results? Nature and mental health are intimately connected. In fact, Adose of natureis just what the doctor ordered. As mental health problems increase, many health officials are seeking more simple solutions to the modern epidemic. Nature and mental health are being re-evaluated as long lost siblings. If by visiting a forest, or hiking, or going to the beach we might avoid the barrage of other more severe treatments, would this not be the better road to go down?
Just look around the major cities of the world and you will see urban sprawl all around you. For me, as a nature lover, the question isn’t- nature conservation and urban infrastructure: can they live side by side? – but rather, they must live side by side. Nature conservation efforts in Singapore by NBSAP or The National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan is working to enhance public awareness and work towards safeguarding the country’s biodiversity and to also introduce species conservation and recovery programmes to bring nature back to the city and beyond. Nature conservation efforts in Singapore are all about seriously conserving Singapore’s habitats and ecosystems. Take away trees, grass, birds and animals, and even those who don’t give nature much thought otherwise will be alarmed. They will be plunged into depression. After a day of concrete walls, concrete paving, noise and pollution, everyone needs to escape into a park, sit on the grass and restore their equilibrium. If you could take a looking glass and see into the future of Singapore, hopefully, you would see the first city in the world that has the right balance of nature and urban infrastructure.