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. Television can both inform and transport viewers to places they wouldn't otherwise see -- like a rainforest, a 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 the picks below for some of the best environmentally focused shows on TV today. Also try our list of Environmental Movies, Environmental 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

age 3+

Gentle animated show has lessons about nature, friendship.

Network: Universal Kids (2012)
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One Big Ocean

age 3+

Biodiversity, environmental concerns in marine adventures.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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dirtgirlworld

age 4+

Field trip to the farm teaches tots about green living.

Network: Sprout (2009)
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Mr. Bloom's Nursery

age 4+

Fun gardening series teaches kids about sustainability.

Network: YouTube (2011)
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Octonauts

age 4+

Friendly adventurers teach kids about marine life, teamwork.

Network: Disney Channel (2010)
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Scout & The Gumboot Kids

age 4+

Outstanding preschool show teaches nature, mindfulness.

Network: Comcast Kid Central (2015)
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Treehouse Detectives

age 4+

Simple mysteries teach preschoolers about natural world.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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Yakari

age 4+

French cartoon about Native boy has positive messages.

Network: Online (2005)
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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

age 5+

Charming book adaptation inspires awe for Earth's wonders.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown

age 5+

Thematic animal adventures are educational fun for kids.

Network: ABC (2011)
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Nature Cat

age 5+

House cat's adventures inspire kids to get out and play.

Network: PBS Kids (2015)
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Africa

age 6+

Fascinating hi-def documentary has some intensity, too.

Network: Discovery Channel (2013)
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Life

age 6+

Gorgeous family-friendly series celebrates nature.

Network: Discovery Channel (2009)
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Nature's Most Amazing Events

age 6+

More stunning nature TV from Planet Earth team.

Network: Discovery Channel (2009)
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Our Great National Parks

age 6+

Stunning, educational nature show inspires hope; some peril.

Network: Netflix (2022)
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Our Planet

age 6+

Gorgeous docuseries features animal life, nature's wonders.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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Planet Earth

age 6+

Stunning high-def series spotlights world wonders.

Network: Discovery Channel (2006)
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Planet Earth II

age 6+

Nature documentary sequel is a visual triumph.

Network: BBC America (2016)
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Rock the Park

age 6+

Fun-loving hosts + natural parks' splendor = inspiring TV.

Network: CW (2015)
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Tiny World

age 6+

Amazing nature docu series will delight whole family.

Network: Apple TV+ (2020)