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Many parents are concerned that their children spend too much time indoors on the computer. This time is put to good use, however, when children learn how to become stewards of their environment.

By Greg Seaman Posted Mar 5, 2009

There are a wealth of fun, creative and informative websites for children. Here are Eartheasy’s recommendations:

EekoWorld – A new PBS website teaches kids ages 6 to 9 how they can help take care of the earth. Animated characters use games and activities to present facts about ecosystems and pollution. Children can build their own “EekoCreature” and help it overcome environmental problems.

Nature Challenge for Kids – This David Suzuki Foundation website starts out with ten simple ways you can protect nature, followed by four challenge activities that offer first-hand experience with the natural world. The “Cool Links” page connects with other environmental websites.

Kids Planet – Species fact sheets, “wild games”, web of life, how kids can help defend the environment, even a Wildlife Adoption Center.

Eco-Kids – EcoKids is Earth Day Canada’s environmental education program for youth who care about the planet. It offers interactive, fun, educational games and activities that utilize participants’ willingness to learn. Children are encouraged to form their own opinions, make decisions, get involved and understand the impact their own actions have on the environment.

Kids Regen – A place for children to interact with other kids, play, and have fun while learning the important connections between healthy soil/environment, healthy food, and healthy people. Kidsregen.org is part of The Rodale Institute’s Youth Educational Program.

The Green Squad – This NRDC website shows how to identify and solve environmental problems. Explore a colorful virtual school room by room, and use the mouse to locate potential hazards. Site offers a wide range of fact sheets and environmental resources.

The Big Blue Bus – A fun way for kids to learn about protecting the world’s water sources. Kids ages 8 to 16 can sign up as Water Wizards, with a Small Fry Club for kids under 7. Cartoon characters introduce games and activities while teaching about “all things watery.” This site is put out by the Government of Canada.

Global Warming Kids Site – This EPA site explains what global warming is and what causes it, and what you can do to help stop it. Educational but not overwhelming, the site provides definitions of each scientific term used and features simple global warming-themed games.

Kids Go Wild – Wild news, wild animal facts, environmental games. KidsGoWild.com also gives kids the chance to get involved in conservation by joining Conservation Kids, where you learn about saving wild animals and the environment! Sponsored by The Wildlife Conservation Society, headquartered at the world famous Bronx Zoo.

I Buy Different – Empowers children and teens with the message: “You have the power to make the earth a better place becuase of what you buy.” This site offers a variety of tools and materials to help young people learn about the connections and actions that can make a difference.

Roofus’ Solar Home – At this site, meet a dog named Roofus who’s an expert on solar energy and energy efficiency. As you visit different parts of Roofus’ energy smart house, you’ll find energy saving tips and simple experiments to help you understand how energy works.

Recycle City – Click on any section of Recycle City that you want to tour, or click on the Dumptown Game. You can create your own Recycle City scavenger hunt or go to the Activities area and see other ways you can explore Recycle City. A great way for kids to learn the basics of recycling.

Planet Slayer – “Greena, the Worrier Princess” is an animated Australian teenager with a sense of purpose — to save the earth. Visitors will have fun watching cartoons about her environmental adventures and playing the Planet Slayer game.

Tunza – This U.N. Environment Programme magazine for young people focuses each month on a specific topic related to sustainable living. Read articles written by and for teens around the world.

Environmental Education for Kids – EEK!, an online magazine for grades four to eight, contains articles and activities about animals, plants and environmental issues.

EPA Student Center – Offers information on a wide range of environmental issues. This site includes a section on environmental careers. Or, click on “Fun Activities” to play environmental games.

Kids Saving Energy – Games, tips, facts and information for kids to learn how to save energy. Published by the US Department of Energy.

Field Trip Earth – Travel the world via interviews, discussion groups, field reports, essays, slide shows and educator resources. Start on the “Choose a Field Trip” page, and use the airplane cursor to select a wildlife conservation project you’d like to visit.

Children of the Earth – Promotes a greater understanding and respect for animals, plants, water, soil, air and energy systems. Helps children comprehend the positive and negative environmental effects of our actions.

Flying WILD – A bird education offering for middle schools giving students the opportunity to learn through researching, planning, and hosting a school bird festival. Flying WILD is an initiative of the Council for Environmental Education (CEE) Project WILD program.

Treetures – The “Treetures” are tiny guardians of the forest who teach about trees and how important they are to the environment. Try out tree-themed activities, listen to the Treeture theme song, or send a TreeMail message to your favorite character.

Web Rangers – This is the National Park Service’s site for kids of all ages. Activities are presented for three age groups (6+, 10+, 13+) in categories Adventure, Exploration and Discovery. Challenges, puzzles, games and activities designed to educte children about nature and stewardship.

Green Guide for Kids – Provides children, their families and teachers with information, projects and solutions to help keep the planet green. It also exposes readers to environmental issues around the world as well as right in their own backyard.

Earth Matters 4 Kids – Earth Matters correlates science with basic environmental principles, helping teachers, students (K-6) and community members gain a full understanding of how science works in natural surroundings, by bringing a virtual natural world into the classroom.

New Zealand Eco Kids – a cool site packed full of interactive games, comics, movies and activities, designed to get kids excited about protecting the environment.

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  • claire datnow

    I applaud your excellent website packed with useful information. I am also passionate about encouraging kids to become wise stewards of nature. My novel, The Adventures of the Sizzling Six with a strong environmental theme will, I hope, inspire young readers.

  • VeoliaES

    I sat down with my daughter this evening to show her some of these websites. Her initial thought was oh Mum I just want to watch TV. Until she went onto the Kids Planet website. The games on here were really addictive and even I was trying to fight her off so I could have a go. The picture puzzles were the best. I think it is very important for children to understand about environmental issues. My son recently told me off for leaving the light on in the bathroom and through my embarrassment I was extremely proud he knew that I was wasting electricity and that this was bad for the environment (and my purse).

    VeoliaES Waste Management

  • BSM

    you say at the top of this page, "…concerned that their children spend too much time indoors on the computer" – but then you have a photo of a small girl in beautiful outdoor setting staring at a laptop. Quite ironic. Would be nice if you used a better image.

  • Rias Pengantin

    Thats great, the kids need access to a lot of information resource about nature.
    Internet and websites is just exactly what they need.

    • shelby williamson

      Are you a mother? I am just an 11 year old kid,but I love the earth. It's natural beauty is so amazing. If you have kids, let them see this website.This is my first time here.

  • Koko Jojo

    Hi I am a young teen and i am looking for some websites that talk about the enviroment, how to help, ect, that are age appropiate for me (not too young or above my head). It would be useful, because i am extremley concerned about the enviroment. THANX!

  • http://www.usergeneratedblog.info Josh Johnson

    I want to start teaching my little brothers about the environment and protecting it so these will be a starting point for me I think. Thankyou

  • Kids

    This is a great site! I love using Squidoo to find stuff for my kids to read, watch, learn and play online. I found a great index of kids websites on http://www.squidoo.com/kidswebsites . It has info on E-Learning, games, kids TV and software. Keep it up!

  • EARTH CHILD

    I love to read books mr. or ms. name not needed. I don;t even care if this site does not have games. Please, tell me what you think about my comment.

  • avelanche

    I am passionate about teaching kids to become wise stewards of the environment.It also exposes readers to environmental issues around the world as well as right in their own backyard.

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  • mark mccord

    i think they should start making new shows of the old shows like the kids next door,jimmy neutron,ans they should put ned's declassified schoo, survival guide.

  • Mary

    Don’t forget Ranger Rick! You’ll especially like his Green Zone section.

  • Norma Terrigno

    This information is phenomenal! You have gathered ENVIRONMENTAL WEBSITES for children in one sitting and made it easy for the entire world to access important information regarding caring for MOTHER EARTH. Because of the emergence of GLOBALIZATION it is now easy to provide methods for translation of sites into several languages so that teachers + parents around the globe can enter your addressess and benefit. I have documented your site on my blog for PLANET EARTH AND ENDANGERED SPECIES.

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    J’ai deja fait plusieur venues vers ici j’avoue que j’apprécie bien votre style et de tourner vos articles. Vous pouvez faire un tour sur mon post en vue de me donner votre avis… Merci

    • Amy Shortland

      I can not understand a word you have put because I like quite a lot of people can not really speak or read french!

  • Daniel Esteban

    Nice to see that kids are involved as an important part to address the environmental problem. All too often adults determine the conditions to which the problem is addressed. Maybe because many of the laws, rules, process and mean to affect the environment are made by adults and just for adult?

    There’s not enough that we have rules and laws to address the environmental problems, such as for example littering when the majority keep do what they feel like. Something else has to be done to change people’s behavior, thinking outside box. It is precisely here that the kids come in, their ability to issue new approaches on a complex problem and introduce the fun.

    Thanks for a great article

  • Amy Shortland

    This webcite is BRILLIANT! I got loads of infomation from here for homework. I recomend this webcite!

  • http://www.acnedietsreview.org Anthony @ Acne Diets

    I know as a kid I spent far more time interacting with video games than with my parents. It helped me gain an obsession for victory and a strategic mind. Having games for the environment seems like an amazing idea, assuming the message doesn't overshadow the fun the game is supposed to provide; otherwise the kids won't be playing them long enough to learn anything.

  • BarbaraMcdalty

    It's a shame how in London schools kids do very few trips to the country side. Camping in forests etc. I'm going to have to get my kids involved in Scouts or something like this to deal with this problem

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001964399122 Stacy Jones

    My students & I are big fans of Four Green Steps, they always have fun competitions and  quick projects

  • Larry Paulin

    This is a really good website! We must all support preservation and loving our environment!! :)))

  • Environmental Education

    Great to see these websites. We can recommend them to the students we teach, and can use them as a resource.

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