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Local Ways to Teach Kids About Nature and the Environment

Posted on 21 May, 2019

One of the greatest draws to living at Centennial in Menifee is the natural beauty that surrounds the community. The eco-friendly lifestyle and easy access to green spaces make it easy for kids to learn about and interact with the environment. Here are some ideas to help your kids connect with nature in the Centennial area.

Make the farm connection.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the average American is now at least three generations removed from the farm. And, farm and ranch families make up less than two percent of the U.S. population. But you don’t have to be a farm family to teach your kids where their food comes from. Spend a day at one of the local pick-your-own farms like Bennett’s Christmas Tree and Pumpkin Patch Farm in Murrieta, about 11 miles from Centennial.

The Menifee County Farmers’ Market is another close-to-home spot to connect kids with the source of their food. Stop in on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning June 14 to meet local farmers and browse the produce. Let the kids plan a menu and do their own shopping there, for a fun family meal together.

Get outdoors.
The Santa Rosa Plateau Nature Education Foundation is focused on building the next generation of environmental stewards who appreciate and protect the world’s natural beauty. Based in Murrieta, the foundation offers hands-on environmental programs at numerous protected open spaces, such as the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve and the Santa Margarita River Ecological Reserve. Programs are designed for elementary, middle school and high school students.

Centennial’s own 10-acre park in the heart of the community will be another nearby spot to connect with the environment. Pack a picnic (with your hand-picked goods and farmers’ market finds) and spend an afternoon in the great outdoors. Make a game out of naming the birds you spot, or identifying wildflowers and native plants. The kids may not be the only ones to learn a bit about their local surroundings!

Encourage an aspiring naturalist.
There’s no better way to unleash your inner naturalist than with hands-on, interactive introductions to animals and plants. Just about 5 miles south of Centennial is the Little Red Barn Indoor Playground, a farm-themed interactive experience. Here, kids can watch a duck waddle across the farm, feed the barnyard animals and grow a garden.

If your kiddos are animal lovers, check out the Lizard Wizard or So Cal Mini Pigs Farm, approximately 10-mile and 45-mile drives, respectively. Both offer the chance to touch, hold and learn more about animals, whether it is an arthropod or a tiny piggy.

Surrounded by natural beauty, there’s no shortage of ways to connect your kids with nature in the Centennial area. For more fun ideas for living green, join our Interest List below.

To learn more about Centennial, contact a New Home Specialist today at (951) 289-5935.