LEAF participants enjoy an afternoon at the beach after a morning of work at the Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge in the Delaware Bayshores region.Photo: Erika Nortemann/TNCCross-posted from Cool Green Science. Want your kids to become ecologically conscious as adults? Get 'em into nature now -- that's the most reliable way to build their love of the outdoors, according to mountains of research. But in a harried and always-online world (for parents as well as children), what's it going to take to do that? One way: Find a program with mentors who guide them through the wonders (and occasional …
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Robert Lalasz is the director of science communications at The Nature Conservancy and blogs on Cool Green Science.