How To Be Green

                                         Helping Elephants

Elephants help sustain the world they live in.  They dig water holes other animals can use.  When they poop, they spread seeds and fertilizer so more plants and trees can grow. When they walk through the forest or grass on their big feet, they stir up insects and mice for birds to eat. Elephants are threatened by hunters seeking their ivory tusks and also by loss of their habitat.  As humans move into elephant habitat to live and farm, the elephant herds are left with fewer places for the food and water they need. This can cause conflict between the humans and the elephants.  Many groups are working to stop ivory poachers and loss of habitat in order to help preserve this interesting and important animal.

Protecting Grizzly Bears

Bear proof storage containers and garbage cans are a great way to help protect Grizzly bears.  Grizzly bears are omnivores – meaning they eat most anything.  It is important for humans to discourage bears from getting used to being around us and eating our food. This will help avoid the conflicts that can arise when humans and bears encounter each other.  When you are camping, you can use bear proof containers to store your food and bear proof garbage cans for your garbage. 

More Ideas for Green Kids
There are many things that endanger our environment, small things such as throwing a candy wrapper out the car window to more complex issues such as clear cutting sensitive forest and jungle habitats.



Being green is an important step in protecting the environment and the animals that depend on it. Everyone can be green and it is easy - small steps add up to big changes.

Try the following to be Green:

  • Walk or ride your bike more often
  • Turn the lights off when you don't need 
  • Recycle everything you can
  • Donate things you don't need anymore (a form of recycling) 
  • Plant trees, flowers, and shrubs
  • Instead of plastic and paper items, use reusable containers like water bottles and real plates
  • Don't dump chemicals down ANY drains or outside
  • Dispose of hazardous materials, like paint and cleaning products, properly

  • Buy products that have recycled contents in them and can be recycled
  • Use less water, by turning the water off when not in use, taking shorter showers, and using conservative watering measures on landscape

  • Conserve energy by unplugging appliances when not in use, close windows and doors when using the AC or heat and use more natural light
  • Think about alternative energy sources like solar, wind or thermal
  • Stay on trails, going off and creating new ones causes erosion

 Print the color sheet below - then help Little Bear with the garden that he is growing in recycled containers.