The Nature of Kids

At the State of Michigan’s 2017 Earth Day Celebration, we asked kids what their favorite thing is about nature. From animals to plants to water and even smells, it is clear kids are connecting with the world around them. Scroll down to find out what they said and how we are working to protect some of their favorite things here in Michigan.

Animals

Overwhelmingly, kids’ favorite part of nature is the animals! Some of their favorites include birds, deer, bugs, fish and wolves.

Animals

We also love animals, including the endangered Piping Plover (seen here), which is why we work to protect and restore crucial stopover and breeding habitat for migratory birds within Michigan and along its coasts.

Trees

Kids love trees for all sorts of reasons, whether it is because they clean our air, because they are good for climbing or just because they are nice to look at.

Trees

We know healthy forests are vital to the species and people who depend on them, so we are working in many ways to protect Michigan’s northern woods, including traditional land protection,  restoration and sustainable forestry practices.

Water

Kids can also appreciate the value of clean water, whether for splashing and playing in or drinking.

Water

We do, too. That’s why we’re promoting programs like green infrastructure in Detroit and agricultural best practices in Saginaw Bay to reduce runoff that harms aquatic ecosystems.

Fishing

Kids love to be able to spend time in nature with activities like fishing.

Fishing

From reconnecting rivers and streams to restoring Great Lakes reefs, we are working to improve fish habitats and protect the region’s multi-million dollar commercial fishing industry.

Flowers

Kids can appreciate the beauty of flowers in nature.

Flowers

We work to make sure that Michigan’s beautiful native flowers and plants can thrive by removing aggressive invasive plants from along our shorelines to our southern fens and savannahs.

Happiness in Nature

Does a certain smell sometimes just make you feel better? For some kids, nature smells like happiness!

Happiness in Nature

Nature makes us happy and we love to share that with others, especially on one of our preserve field trips. Find an event or volunteer opportunity near you!

Learn how we’re working to build the next generation of conservation leaders.
 

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