Environmental TV Shows

Kids today are growing up with a keen environmental awareness of the changing world around us, due to climate change and the impact our species is having on the ecosystem. TV can both inform and transport viewers to places they wouldn't otherwise see -- like a rainforest, desert, or the arctic. For the littlest kids, an appreciation of the natural world through beautiful images and captivating animals plants the seeds of environmental awareness. As kids get older, more specific lessons about the earth, the challenges it faces in this modern age, and how people can work to improve the environment, are timely and age-appropriate. Check out these picks below for some of the best environmentally focused shows on TV today. Also try our list of Environmental MoviesEnvironmental Books for Kids, and Best Animal TV Shows for Kids for more ways to nurture a love of nature in your family.

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Maya the Bee TV Poster Image
Gentle animated show has lessons about nature, friendship.
Network: Universal Kids
(2015)
(2012)
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One Big Ocean Movie Poster Image
Biodiversity, environmental concerns in marine adventures.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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dirtgirlworld TV Poster Image
Field trip to the farm teaches tots about green living.
Network: Sprout
(2010)
(2009)
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Mr. Bloom's Nursery TV Poster Image
Fun gardening series teaches kids about sustainability.
Network: YouTube
(2019)
(2011)
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Octonauts TV Poster Image
Friendly adventurers teach kids about marine life, teamwork.
Network: Disney Channel
(2012)
(2010)
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Scout & The Gumboot Kids TV Poster Image
Outstanding preschool show teaches nature, mindfulness.
Network: Comcast Kid Central
(2019)
(2015)
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Treehouse Detectives TV Poster Image
Simple mysteries teach preschoolers about natural world.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
(2018)
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Yakari TV Poster Image
Native American-inspired cartoon focuses on positive themes.
Network: Online
(2014)
(2005)
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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Movie Poster Image
Charming book adaptation inspires awe for Earth's wonders.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown TV Poster Image
Thematic animal adventures are educational fun for kids.
Network: ABC
(2011)
(2011)
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Nature Cat TV Poster Image
House cat's adventures inspire kids to get out and play.
Network: PBS Kids
(2015)
(2015)
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Africa TV Poster Image
Fascinating hi-def documentary has some intensity, too.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2013)
(2013)
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Life TV Poster Image
Gorgeous family-friendly series celebrates nature.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2010)
(2009)
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Nature's Most Amazing Events TV Poster Image
More stunning nature TV from Planet Earth team.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2009)
(2009)
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Our Planet TV Poster Image
Gorgeous docuseries features animal life, nature's wonders.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Planet Earth TV Poster Image
Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2007)
(2006)
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Planet Earth II TV Poster Image
Nature documentary sequel is a visual triumph.
Network: BBC America
(2017)
(2016)
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Rock the Park TV Poster Image
Fun-loving hosts + natural parks' splendor = inspiring TV.
Network: CW
(2014)
(2015)
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Tiny World TV Poster Image
Amazing nature docu series will delight whole family.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Wild Deep TV Poster Image
Oceanic nature series spotlights curious creatures.
Network: Animal Planet
(2013)
(2013)
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Wild Kratts TV Poster Image
Zoologist brothers get animated in fun, kid-friendly series.
Network: PBS Kids
(2011)
(2011)
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Wild Kratts: Alaska -- Hero's Journey TV Poster Image
More wildly engaging adventures from the brothers Kratt.
Network: PBS
(2017)
(2017)
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Alaska Animal Rescue TV Poster Image
Cinematic animal rescue show has some tough moments.
Network: Disney+, National Geographic Channel
(2020)
(2020)
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A World of Calm TV Poster Image
Engrossing meditations on life, nature narrated by celebs.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Captain Planet and the Planeteers TV Poster Image
Help Captain Planet save the earth!
Network: Boomerang
(2005)
(2005)
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Nature TV Poster Image
Stunning glimpses of our natural world.
Network: PBS
(2005)
(1982)
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Planet Earth: Blue Planet II TV Poster Image
Stunning nature documentary is excellent watch-together TV.
Network: BBC America
(2018)
(2018)
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RAD Lands TV Poster Image
Kids grow, cook, and learn about sustainable, healthy foods.
Network: Online
(2017)
(2017)
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Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea TV Poster Image
Beloved animal pros go underwater in fab animated special.
Network: PBS Kids
(2016)
(2016)
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Bear Grylls: Face the Wild TV Poster Image
Survivalist treats unsung heroes to basic outdoor school.
Network: Facebook Watch
(2018)
(2018)
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Eco Company TV Poster Image
Green messages that young viewers can identify with.
Network: Syndicated
(2009)
(2009)
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Fierce Earth TV Poster Image
Weather series is upbeat, informative, a little scary.
Network: Universal Kids
(2018)
(2013)
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Hidden Habitats TV Poster Image
Beautiful, smart nature documentary has some tense moments.
Network: BBC America
(2014)
(2014)
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Living With Ed TV Poster Image
Being green not always easy for eco-minded actor.
Network: Planet Green
(2007)
(2007)
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One Strange Rock TV Poster Image
Captivating, gorgeous science series looks at the Earth.
Network: National Geographic Channel
(2018)
(2018)
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What Sam Sees TV Poster Image
Kid-friendly diving adventures educate and entertain.
Network: Disney+, NatGeoWild
(2020)
(2017)
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Seven Worlds, One Planet TV Poster Image
Globe-spanning wildlife documentary is compelling, majestic.
Network: BBC America, AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel
(2020)
(2020)
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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey TV Poster Image
Update of Sagan classic is smart, visually spectacular.
Network: Fox, National Geographic Channel
(2014)
(2014)
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Cosmos: Possible Worlds TV Poster Image
Visually stunning existential explorations dig deep.
Network: National Geographic Channel, Fox
(2020)
(2020)
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David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet Movie Poster Image
Attenborough's stark documentary is essential viewing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2020)
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Future Food TV Poster Image
Salty lingo skewers this otherwise kid-friendly food show.
Network: Planet Green
(2010)
(2010)
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Night on Earth TV Poster Image
Revelatory nature docu captures nocturnal animals worldwide.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Alien Worlds TV Poster Image
Nature show uses aliens to reveal unique life on Earth.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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Down to Earth with Zac Efron TV Poster Image
Celeb's eco-travels more entertaining than informative.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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A Perfect Planet TV Poster Image
Another Attenborough epic on Earth's majesty and fragility.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2021)
(2021)
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Prince William: A Planet for Us All TV Poster Image
British documentary features young environmental activists.
Network: Discovery Channel
(2021)
(2021)
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Earth at Night in Color TV Poster Image
Nature show features nighttime predators, mating rituals.
Network: Apple TV+
(2020)
(2020)
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Years of Living Dangerously TV Poster Image
Star-studded exposé on the planet's current health status.
Network: Showtime
(2014)
(2014)
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Whale Wars TV Poster Image
The intense reality of extreme conservation work.
Network: Animal Planet
(2008)
(2008)
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