Lake Superior: it’s the largest freshwater lake in the world and it hugs Duluth. Why not give it back some love?
Teaching children how to care for their surroundings is important when you live in a place with such amazing natural beauty.
We have a saying in our family, “Always leave a place better than how you found it.” For example, we always pick up litter when we are hiking along area trails and collect garbage left behind at picnic areas.
Thus, we were thrilled when we saw a call for help to cleanup along the shores of Lake Superior sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes (for more lake cleanup volunteer opportunities click here).
We spent a lovely evening climbing along the rocky shore at Stoney Point with employees of Spirit Mountain, who organized the local event. We learned how they take water samples, measure weather and wave data, and audit the trash we collected.
When we left, Daley said with zeal, “That was fun!”
What made it so? Doing good always feels good. Finding a lone flip-flop and a piece of wood shaped like a huge shark’s fin makes for merriment.
Moreover, Daley teamed up with Heidi, the down-to-earth events coordinator at Spirit Mountain. They chatted the entire time as they worked side-by-side. She was engaged and interested in all his seven year old thoughts. (Thank you, Heidi, for being so kind to our son.)
Volunteering is a great way for kids to interact with knowledgeable and friendly adults who also happen to be role models for taking care of our beautiful lake. (Learn about other benefits of volunteering that we have experienced by reading, “Make a Difference: How to Build Self-Confidence in Kids“.)
What ways do you take care of our natural surroundings? Share your ideas in the comment box below. Thanks!