The world is more environmentally conscious than ever before. Trees, flowers and bodies of water may not seem as interesting to kids as pets and people. However, environmental projects can generate opportunities to talk about the future of the planet and how God asks us to take care of it.
Some like to teach using Genesis 1:28, God gave us a stewardship with “replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
If you can find the means to interest your students, services to the environment are often most easy, requiring very few permissions to serve.
Services for the Environment
Here are some ideas:
1. Plant a tree in your students’ names.
You can also order a plaque online very reasonably naming all the children involved in the planting. As they mature, they get to watch the tree grow and
realize that cultivation of all good things takes time. It’s a great lesson!
2. Plant seeds in egg cartons in winter; sell them in May. Use the money to make an improvement in your community.
Obviously someone needs to have a place to cultivate the seeds in the sun and to also keep them watered. But seeds are very reasonable, and the right green
thumbs can bring a pretty penny for the results when it’s time to sell them for planting. Again, this is a great lesson in patience.
3. Adopt a Park and Keep it Clean.
This sort of program requires returning to the adopted area either monthly or weekly for a season and tidying it up. Picking up trash and recycling is at the
top of the list.
It is most helpful in parks where there is a lot of foot traffic – so much so that it can get cluttered before recycling or trash day. Beaches and community-owned lake resorts are usually in need of the extra help too.