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Top Ten Conservation Tips for Kids

1. Visit and learn about places where wildlife live. 
Zoos, aquariums, national parks, wildlife refuges and nature centers are all homes to wild animals. You can learn about these animals and how people can help them by visiting them with your family or with your school.

2. Take your bike.
Think about walking or taking your bike, instead of getting a ride in a car, the next time you travel to school or a friend’s house. Make sure you have a safe route to travel, and get your parent’s permission first.

3. Save water.
We use a lot of water every day. You can conserve water by turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or washing dishes. You can also take shorter showers. Think about washing dishes with water in the sink, instead of letting the water run.

4. Start a compost pile.
Some of the foods that we throw away could be composted instead. Ask your parents if you can start a compost pile in your yard with grass clippings, leaves, and fruit and vegetable peels. Over time, this organic mix turns into great fertilizer.

5. Reuse first, then recycle.
Think about ways to use things over and over again. Then, if they can’t be reused, they may be able to be recycled. Bring a lunch box instead of a paper bag to school. Use plastic containers to pack food, instead of plastic baggies that are thrown away. Trade toys that you no longer use with friends. Use both sides of a piece of paper before putting it in the recycle bin.

6. Use cloth napkins and washable plates.
When planning to eat at home or on vacation, plan to bring reusable plates and napkins. Check to see if there is a way to wash plates and napkins when you get back home, instead of buying paper and plastic that gets thrown away after one use.

7. Turn off the lights.
If you are not using something, turn it off. Lights, CD players, computers, TV, and other electronics use a lot of energy. Make sure you are conserving by shutting off lights and turning off stuff that needs electricity when you are not in the room.

8. Don’t litter.
Not only does trash make parks and roads look bad, but it can also be harmful to wildlife. Animals may eat plastic or paper that smells like food. Trash can also end up in rivers and streams, which is bad for fish and other animals that live in the water.

9. Recharge those batteries.
Most of us use toys and games that have batteries. Ask your parents to get rechargeable batteries so that the same batteries can be used to power toys again and again.

10. Share what you know about animals and habitats with others.
One of the best ways to make a difference is to tell someone else how they can help. Ask family members and friends to think about being “green” when they make choices. Together we can make a big difference!