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Environmental Activities For Your Children

Updated on September 26, 2013

The annual celebration of Earth’s natural environment is coming. April 22nd is Earth Day, celebrated around the world in an effort to increase awareness and appreciation for our planet.

Earth Day was first celebrated in San Francisco on March 21, 1970 and was sanctioned by the United Nations. In an attempt to gain support for the movement, United States Senator Gaylord Nelson held an environmental “teach-in” on April 22, 1970 and eventually that date was officially adopted as the date for worldwide celebration.

From humble beginnings the Earth Day movement has grown considerably with official Earth Day celebrations being held in 175 nations. Individuals have pledged over 959 million acts of green this year alone and the number is growing with each minute.

If you are a parent this is a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids about the environment. Listed below are some suggestions of activities and pledges your children could do for this year’s Earth Day.


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PLANT A TREE

If you have younger children this is a great teaching activity. Teach them why trees are so vital for the environment; take them to the nursery and let them pick out their favorite tree and then have an Earth Day planting at home. You could even make a plaque to put in the ground with the date of the planting and a favorite quote to commemorate the activity. This will empower your children and let them know that they can make a difference in this world by their actions.

HOLD A NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC

What a great way to spend some time with your neighbors, spread the word about the environment and give your children ownership in an activity. Have your children draw Earth Day pictures which they could give to all of your neighbors. Buy only natural, local products for the picnic and the kids can make an Earth Day poster that would hang above the picnic area.

PLANT A GARDEN

Size is not the important criteria for your Earth Day garden. Teach your children how growing plants helps the environment. Have them put a sign in the garden declaring it an Earth Day pledge garden and get them interested in growing their own food. Make the care of the garden their responsibility and when those seedlings start popping out of the ground have a camera ready to record their smiles. They could also plant a butterfly garden, the gift that keeps on giving each year when the butterflies return.


Mount Rainier in Washington State
Mount Rainier in Washington State | Source

CONSTRUCT AN EARTH DAY BOOTH

Help your kids construct a booth and set it up on your street corner. Prior to Earth Day teach them lessons about the environment and have them produce their own Earth Day brochure which they can hand out when visitors come to their booth. Encourage them to discuss the environment with visitors. They will love showing how much they have learned and sharing it with others. They could even have a puppet show that has an Earth Day theme.

TAKE A NATURE WALK AS A FAMILY

What a great way to get kids interested in the environment! Along the walk they can identify plants and trees with the help of one of many books available in your area that describe local flora and fauna. Take bags with you to deposit litter in along the walk, adding to the sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that every little bit helps. When the walk is finished you can return home and discuss what you have seen, possibly draw pictures of the discoveries and strengthen a bond built on the love of nature.

ORGANIZE A “CLEAN THE PARK” TRIP

Have your kids call all of their friends and have them meet at a local park to help clean it up. This is a fun activity that gets the kids outside with their friends, all working towards a common purpose.

ORGANIZE A SCHOOL ACTIVITY

Help your children plan an Earth Day proposal for their teacher that can be done at school. Maybe they could meet with the principal and suggest a school-wide activity or student body assembly with Earth Day as the theme. Imagine the sense of accomplishment when your children realize that their suggestions have been taken seriously and acted upon by an entire school.

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT CONSERVATION AND BEGIN AT HOME

How much water is used daily at your home? How many paper products are used and what is the effect on the environment because of that use? How can your family pitch in to use less water and less paper products?


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Every Little Bit Helps!

Children are great imitators and the most influential people in their lives are their parents. An appreciation for the environment begins with good modeling by you, the parents. There are so many ways to teach awareness of this planet and if presented with enthusiasm kids will get excited and take ownership in the activities.

For more information about Earth Day and other suggestions for green pledges go to http://www.earthday.org/. Begin a family tradition that will last a lifetime. Mother Earth is counting on all of us!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Great hub Billybuc! We are planning several of these activities. We planted a garden this year and are having a great time watching it grow. We also started another composte bin. My kids love going to the recycling center to help put the trash in the appropriate bin. Voted up and useful.

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      the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Voted up Billybuc. Our children will inherit mother earth from us. Let's go green! :-)

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This is an awesome hub billy - very environmentally conscious! Great photos as well.

      Voted as such

      John

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, great job! I found when I was teaching that my students were more than willing and quite excited about this opportunity to make a difference. I love your parenting skills; great mother you are! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Girls, you are so right! This movement has turned huge. One in eight citizens in the world are doing an act of green. That is huge and only getting bigger. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! The environment and nature have always been loves of mine, so Earth Day is pretty important to me.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Bill, it is always a pleasure to read your work! You present to the readers a vast understanding of so many things! Great ideas for Earthday presented! Voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audra; this is a bit different for me but the teacher in me can't stay hidden for long. I appreciate you very much!

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub! Yes, every little bit helps - a clean the park trip sounds like both fun and educational!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hawaii, I think all too often people think if they can't make a big splash there is not point in doing anything. If there are close to one billion people doing something in the next week that is a big splash, one act at a time. Thank you for stopping by and have a great time in the park.

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      Laurel Brunvoll 5 years ago

      billybuc, thanks for sharing these ideas! It's always good to be reminded of the things we can all easily accomplish--a little at a time makes a big difference!

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Awesome Hub! I'm going to use some of these with my kids. Thanks so much for the great ideas :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Laurel! One small step at a time adds up to a great journey. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic CassyLu! I hope your kids enjoy the ideas and I know the Earth will appreciate it!

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      Laurel Brunvoll 5 years ago

      billybuc, we're heading out to our own yard to do some majorly needed gardening, weeding, mulching, etc. Cannot wait to be in the warm sunshine! We also got a rain barrel to get started recycling water in our yard.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laurel, that's exciting. We still have to get a rain barrel but our garden is almost done and seedlings are sprouting and all is well in western Washington. Have a great time!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I don't have kids in the home at the moment, but after reading your hub, we will probably take a picnic and take a nature walk. I forgot about this holiday coming up, it is worth celebrating nature. Great read, well written and voted up. (the video is awesome, love the animals and the music!)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      We live a little too far north to plant a garden just yet but we will a little later in the season. We will most likely spend some time taking a nature walk and then maybe do a recycled craft or two! Thanks for the great ideas!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, I'm glad you liked the video. Fogelberg has been one of my favorites for a very long time. Thank you and enjoy your nature walk as I will.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cara, you are very welcome. I'm afraid in Michigan you still have a little wait for that gardening. Have fun on the nature walk and thank you for stopping by.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a dreat reminder to take good care of our Mother earth. I want to plant a dogwood tree. I always had one, but i moved and i sure miss the beautiful blooms. Thank you....

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I will totally be doing some eco-activities this Earth Day with my kids! Great Hub with some very fun ideas Bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always, I love dogwoods. I hope you get the chance to plant one and thank you so much for always stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Ardie! I'm glad you will be doing the eco thing on Earth Day, and I'm glad we are friends.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Earth Day is one of my most favorite days of the year. I start my vegetable garden and my flower garden each year on Earth Day.

      Your hub is marvelous as it raises awareness and teaches families activites to participate in. I like the idea of helping children to make their own Earth Day brochures.

      Thank you so much billy...I'm thinking "green." Big vote up, useful, awesome and interesting!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! This was always a big event when I taught. The kids would always get into it and we had a great week in preparation, school assembly, plantings outdoors...I hope this celebration continues to grow.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wonderful ideas, billybuc! For the first time in years, I started a garden and plan on visiting the local farmer's markets. Now that my family is directly associated with agriculture, I've been made aware of how our relationship with the earth impacts us all. Beautiful pictures, as well. Voting up. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you TToombs, I'm glad you enjoyed it. The only family besides me son that I have lives in North Dakota. I'm wishing for you a warm spring and a great growing season. Blessings to you!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, billybuc! North Dakota is lovely and spring is chugging along, but I have to admit, it's not as beautiful as home (Alaska). :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I spent a year in Alaska, TT, but I was out on the tundra new Bethel and it was anything but beautiful! :) Quite a change for you going from Alaska to North Dakota but I'm glad you are happy there.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      I'm on the green team at school and this whole week is Earth Week for us. All kinds of stuff going on. :) Great hub as ALWAYS.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I'm sorry you had to spend a year in Bethel. :( I spent a week in Barrow in March (we had a high of -50 most of the time) and couldn't wait to get back to civilization (Anchorage). lol. My favorite part of the state is the inside passage (Sitka, Ketchikan) and the Kenai. I almost cry when I see pictures of the Kenai Fjords. Ok, I'm getting home sick. LOL!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cynid, it does not surprise me at all that you are on the green team. Good for you! I love Earth Day and it's amazing how it has grown over the years. Oh, and thank you as always for reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, I agree with you, the area around Sitka is beautiful. Not so Bethel...we saw forty below when I was there and I've never been so cold in my entire life...my skin was freezing for God's sake! I'm glad to be back in Washington where I belong. :)

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. This is an excellent hub. I am marking my calendar to do something green on Earth Day.

      Additional ideas:

      *Your city or county parks department or a local protect the environment organization might have a special Earth Day event for children;

      *If you lack the space for a garden, perhaps your town or neighborhood has a community garden.

      *Study online and at the library about solar cooking and why it is important and make and use a simple solar cooker. I've even read instructions for making a solar cooker from a Pringles box.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      B. Leekley, all excellent suggestions. We used to make solar cookers in the science class I taught in middle school and they work amazingly well. Thank you, Sir, for your very kind words.

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      twoseven 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great ideas! I have been thinking about what to do with my son - I have sort of let Earth Day slip over the years, but my family always made a big deal out of it when I was young and I want to do the same for my son. Thanks for all the ideas!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These are great ideas to influence our kids to take care of the planet. I vote way up and am socially sharing this awesome Hub!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a hub. I might've forgotten Earth day until the morning of, if it weren't for this hub. Nature walks are always fun especially now that summer is on its way. Thanks for sharing some great ideas for this up coming Earth day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Twoseven, and thank you for stopping by my site.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rebecca; I greatly appreciate you sharing this one. It's not my normal genre of writing but Earth Day is near and dear to my heart.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Emily, it's a pleasure to see your smiling face once again. Thank you so much and have a Happy Earth Day!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the timely reminder about Earth Day and the great ideas for celebrating this day with children, billybuc. Your photos are lovely, too.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia; I usually don't write about such things but Earth Day is rather important to me. Glad I was of help!

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      frogpetals 5 years ago from Christiansburg, VA

      Great hub!! Inspired me to do something with my son for Earth Day!! Wonderful ideas!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frogpetals, that makes me happy! I'm glad this was helpful and I hope you and your son have a great Earth Day!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Another great quality we have in common Billy ;our true love and appreciation of Earth Mother!!!

      I love your photos and all ideas on how to teach our children to respect the earth as we do.

      An Up up and away for you again Billy ;take car my friend and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! Another great day ahead with mysteries yet un-discovered. Life is good my friend. Have a wonderful day in the UK!

      Peace and love,

      bill

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Lovely ideas for engaging children in this important celebration of nature. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome Laura and thank you!

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      am301986 5 years ago from New Delhi

      thanks for sharing these ideas! It's always good to be reminded of the things. Awesome post! cheers :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Am, you are very welcome and thank you very much!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      HAPPY EARTH DAY!

      This is a great hub. More families should celebrate Earth Day. It is such an under-appreciated holiday. What a shame too because without Earth we would all be homeless!

      Great ideas too. I used to go hiking and camping with my family all the time. I loved it. I can pitch a tent and start a fire with the best of them! And seeing the beauty of nature really taught me how important it is to have natural places we can enjoy (besides all of those nerdy reason my biolgy studies talk about).

      ps. I celebrated Earth Day by drastically conserving energy. I slept until nearly noon! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dana, that had me laughing. So happy that you did your part for Earth Day! If more people would commit like you did we would have nothing to worry about!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Bill - we would save loads on energy costs. though i don't know how much we would get done! the day wasn't a total bust. i did just finish a very non-entertaining hub on powerpoint presentations. heck with saving the planet. i am going to save us from bad presentations! :o)

      that being said, i finally get to relax for the rest of the evening.

      take care.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dana, you are a kick! Take care yourself and have a great week!

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      Vegas Elias 5 years ago from Mumbai

      Hi Bill, I voted you up on this. It is a good hub on a important topic. I agree with all that you have written. However I have to add something; The best way to be friendly to Earth is by reducing and checking consumerism. I always remember Mahatma Gandhi for this. Not that he was a perfect man but some things he said did make lot of sense. Simple living and high thinking as recommended by him will definitely go a long way in relieving the pressure on resources and check pollution at the same time.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vegas, you are absolutely correct. Consumerism is the primary source of the destruction of this Earth. Thank you for your excellent comment.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol @ billybuc!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT....what the hell??? Back pain? I guess I should notify someone of the spam but I have better things to do...have a great day in North Dakota!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderfully written hub with very helpful suggestions! This engaging hub is useful not only for Earth Day every year but also every day as our planet is facing various different problems daily. A well-advised hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ishwaryaa; your words are kind and your philosophy is oh, so important. We need to teach kids that there is only one Earth.

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Wonderful hub..no doubt about that.... If each family takes its tiny steps towards preserving nature... the world will be a much more greener and fresher place..

      As you said Sir Bill ... every little bit helps.. :)

      Great write

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rahul....you are kind and a gentleman.

      Blessings and peace to you always

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      What a lovely hub filled with great ideas. I especially like the idea of a neighbourhood picnic. Happy Earth Day to you Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, you found one of my old ones. Thanks for paying it a visit and I'm glad you liked it.

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      Amanda Littlejohn 2 years ago

      I think the issue of the Environment is the most urgent one facing us today - and our children tomorrow.

      These are great activities to get kids involved in positive action. And that is really where our hope lies. Our generation seems either to have its head stuck in the proverbial sand or has just given up caring. But if those of us who DO care can educate and inspire our kids, then there's still hope.

      Thanks for sharing, Bill. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      stuff4kids, I happen to agree with you about the environment...let us hope there are enough of us who do care to make a difference. Thank you for caring.

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