As you become an expert in all things green, Nature Girl offers fun ways to care for God's creations while enjoying the wonders of nature! With activities, recipes, science experiments, and much more, you can discover how to create recycled jewelry, plan a spa day with friends, make your own earth-friendly skin care products, or team up to clean a park or a neighbor's yard.
Each chapter centers on different topics, like water, air, energy, and recycling, and includes crafts, Scripture, games, quizzes, interviews with experts, and quotes from real girls like you. From the itty-bitty flowers at your feet to the air high above your head, discover how you can make a difference for our planet.
Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation
By Karen Whiting and Rebecca White
You don’t have to move into the woods and live off the land to go green. Going green is about making God’s earth a healthy place to live—whether you’re a country gal, city dweller, or suburbanite! It’s really just about making smart choices. Start with little actions, such as picking up one piece of trash a day while you’re walking to school or to your BFF’s house. Just think, if you plus five of your friends each pick up one piece of litter daily, that equals more than two-thousand (yep, that’s 2,000!) pieces of litter a year.
Going green is also about enjoying nature and discovering more about the earth. It’s about showing respect and appreciation for the beautiful planet God created for us. This book is chockfull of fun activities—experiments, crafts, recipes, games, challenges—to get you more tuned in to the goodness of God’s earth. So roll up your sleeves, sister, and get ready to have some earth-friendly fun! You’re going to discover so much more about God by reeeeaaally checking out the world he made....
“Ever since the world was created it has been possible
to see the qualities of God that are not seen. I’m talking
about his eternal power and about the fact that he is God.
Those things can be seen in what he has made.”
To me, going green means to help the environment.
— Skylar, age 10, Florida
Green List: The ABC’s of Going Green
Here’s an A-to-Z list of ideas for going green, complete with leads to chapters about related topics. There’s no need to read this book in order—unless, or course, you feel like it. Otherwise, open up a page and jump right in....
Adopt a piece of earth to clean, plant, and water when needed (Chapter 3)
Build a bird feeder, such as a peanut on a string, or a fancy wooden feeder (Chapter 4)
Compost vegetable and grain leftovers to make mulch (Chapter 3)
Detect water leaking from faucets, pipes, and toilets (Chapter 5)
Explore a waterway, such as a river, lake, or ocean, for critters and sea creatures (Chapter 5)
Form a neighborhood litter patrol to pick up litter weekly (Chapters 9, 10)
Go local by buying stuff produced nearby, which saves gasoline (Chapter 2)
Help teach others what you learn about going green and saving energy (Chapter 10)
Investigate insects and how they help the earth (Chapter 4)
Journal about nature and what you’re doing to care for the earth (Chapter 10)
Keep on keepin’ on when it comes down to conserving energy (Chapter 7)
Look for animal tracks, and figure out which creatures made them (Chapter 4)
Mulch plants and trees (Chapters 3, 6)
Nurture a pet with food, water, grooming, and lots of attention (Chapter 4)
Observe a bird or animal and photograph it (Chapters 4, 10)
Plant trees and flowers (Chapters 3, 9) Quiet yourself, sit outside, and listen to the sounds of nature (Chapter 1)
Recycle everything you can (Chapter 8)
Sow seeds in the yard or a window garden to add oxygen to the air (Chapter 6)
Treasure what God made by enjoying nature and praising God for all he created (Chapter 10)
Use less stuff, period (Chapter 8)
Visit an animal shelter and volunteer to help (Chapter 4)
Walk or bike instead of riding cars to enjoy the outdoors and save fuel (Chapter 7)
X-ray your house for energy leaks (Chapters 3, 7)
Yank weeds (Chapters 2, 3, 9)
Zealously share your love for God’s world with family, friends, and neighbors (Chapter 10)
Have Fun Going Green!
About The Author
Karen Whiting is an international speaker and the author of 17 books, including God’s Girls and The One Year My Princess Devotions. Her newest book is Nature Girl: a guide to caring for God’s creation. She loves to let creativity splash onto the pages as she writes.
Karen hosted the television series Puppets on Parade for Miami educational TV and has been a guest on numerous television shows. Karen has spoken in such far away places as Russia and Malaysia. Karen enjoys traveling and exploring the great outdoors.
She loves working with youth. She facilitated an award winning youth puppet ministry for thirteen years, where she grew the group leaders from the team members.
Her book Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front won the Golden Scroll nonfiction book of the year in June and gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America nonfiction category. Her writing experience includes more than 600 magazine articles in more than sixty periodicals. She writes for Leading Hearts and Molly Green magazines.
Karen lives on the eastern shore of Maryland. She is the mother of five, including two rocket scientists (yes, for real) and she’s a grandmother. Her daughter Rebecca White, an educator and pastor’s wife, co-authored Nature Girl.
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