Raising Up Jr. Land Lovers: Nurturing Colorado's Future Stewards

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In the heart of Colorado's majestic landscapes lies a legacy that transcends generations—the duty to protect and conserve our precious natural resources. As we cherish our state's beauty, it's imperative to sow the seeds of land stewardship from an early age. These junior land lovers are not just the future but the guardians of Colorado's heritage. 

For more than 50 years, people around the globe have come together to celebrate Earth Day as a way to steward our planet, but what will Earth Day look like in the next fifty years?

Nurturing a generation of conservation begins with a love of a place and education. By integrating environmental studies into school curriculums and extracurricular activities, we can instill a deep appreciation for nature early on. Experiential learning through field trips, outdoor workshops, and interactive programs immerses children in the wonders of Colorado's diverse landscapes, fostering a sense of responsibility toward their protection.

Do you know an elementary class in southern Colorado that would enjoy a Jr. Land Lover presentation and activity? Email [email protected] to inquire about classroom presentations. 

Printable Activity Sheets

Do you have a Jr. Land Lover in your life? We have created activity sheets featuring some of our favorite things about living in Colorado—its natural beauty, locally grown food, and outdoor recreation. Download, print, and enjoy!

Engagement with community initiatives further empowers junior land lovers to make a tangible impact. Participation in local conservation projects, such as tree planting, trail maintenance, or river clean-ups, instills a sense of ownership and connection to their surroundings. By witnessing the direct results of their efforts, children develop a sense of pride and commitment to safeguarding Colorado's natural heritage.

Beyond the classroom and volunteer opportunities, it's essential to cultivate a culture of environmental responsibility within families and communities. Encouraging outdoor exploration, fostering sustainable habits, and promoting eco-friendly practices at home create a nurturing environment for junior land lovers to thrive. By leading by example, parents, educators, and community leaders can inspire future generations to embrace their role as guardians of Colorado's natural treasures.

In essence, investing in the development of junior land lovers is an investment in Colorado's future. By nurturing a generation of conservation champions, we ensure that our state's pristine landscapes and biodiversity are preserved for generations to come. Together, let's empower the next generation to embrace and protect Colorado's natural legacy.