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• A developing understanding of the child’s role in the environment • Safe, joyful, and affirming experiences with nature, all of which leads to later stewardship But even more than doing activities, I want to return to the single most important recommenda- tion I can make when it comes to environmental education: Get outside! Do it often, no matter the weather. The more frequently and consistently you bring the children outside, the stronger their com- fort level with the natural world will be. Look at your curriculum or planned activities for the month or year. How can you integrate nature into what you’re already planning? Does your program focus on holi- days? Consider learning together about nature-based celebrations too. Do you operate year-round or just during the school year? Make the seasons a big part of your year’s rhythm. Use nature as a tool to teach other disciplines. For example, count stones or trees outside to build math skills. Invest in a set of beauti- ful, nature-based storybooks for the classroom. Use the changing colors of the seasons to explore color and light. Think of the outdoors as your classroom! Finally, remember that you’re likely already doing a lot to promote children’s awareness and interest in the natural world. Whether you’re using nature sto- ries in the classroom, encouraging children to recycle, or exploring the outdoors together, great! Every step, no matter how small, makes a big difference toward creating a greener Earth. Creating a Greener Earth  13