You all know or should know that I’m off to Florida this week for another press trip. I suppose it’s about time that I admit yes I do travel a lot. This time I’m off to visit with Disney about their new nature film Chimpanzee. I’ve already seen the movie and can tell you it’s absolutely adorable. The story is much better than I could have imagined and when you see the movie in theaters the first week you’ll also be saving chimpanzees. See Chimpanzees Save Chimpanzees. If you go see Disneynature’s Chimpanzee during it’s opening week, Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to the Jane Goodall Institute. So mark your calendars! Chimpanzee comes out on April 20.
Not only is Disney caring out Chimpanzees but they also care about your kids and how they understand nature. Children/teen that are very involved in nature and making a difference in their communities were chosen to participate in Disney Kids and Nature Celebration, April 12-14 in Orlando and to see the Chimpanzee movie at the red carpet premiere. To learn more about the Disney Kids and Nature Celebration follow the hashtag
#disneykidsandnature on twitter and visit the @DisneyParks Blog for more information. http://bit.ly/HmzUS3
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How connected are our kids to nature?
Disney tells us it’s convening a number of top experts on the issue this week in Orlando as part of its Disney Kids and Nature Celebration (the event also includes a day-long youth summit and the screening of its upcoming movie “Chimpanzee”), and we got some insight on the discussion. Former Ranger Rick subscribers, listen up:
According to Richard Louv, a Disney partner and author of the bestselling books Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, every child needs nature. Not exactly a groundbreaking revelation – but certainly one that poses challenges when you look at your weekly calendar (where’d the white space go?).
Here’s some advice we can take away from his philosophy and the bigger discussion in Orlando:
1. Get nostalgic. Take a moment to talk to a grandparent – or even a peer – about his or her favorite nature memories from childhood – was it skipping stones? A favorite picture book about elephants? Drawing horses? Climbing trees? These simple memories might be enough to remind you just how easy it can be to make nature part of your own parenting style.
2. Think manageable. Connecting kids with nature doesn’t require a family trip to Yellowstone (phew). What it really takes is getting your kids curious about animals, wildlife and the outdoors – the world beyond their house and school. What do baby turtles eat? Why do leaves change colors? How do fish breath underwater? What kind of insect is that in your backyard? Hikes, museums, books and videos can all help spark that fascination.
3. Teach early lessons. Intuitively, we know kids need to learn about and appreciate nature. But what are the real benefits? For one, it’s a sensory explosion for their young minds. Reading about how birds build nests, watching a baby elephant play, touching a sheep’s coat, smelling a rose or digging a carrot out of the soil — all of this stimulates curiosity in young minds.
More important, however, is that it instills a love of nature. And if our kids love nature – won’t they be more likely to protect it?