Parents' Guide to

My Wild Backyard

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Nature guides take viewers on fascinating local tours.

TV Max Educational 2020
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The hosts' intimate relationships with the places that are explored in this documentary series make it special. In My Wild Backyard, a biologist pops a camouflage-patterned tent in a nature preserve to observe the local bison. Her accent is specific to her region, and her love of "her" land is so sincere that viewers are transported to her native Mexico. And the Southern Californian filmmakers who hop on their boat before dawn to catch a phosphorescent red tide speak in a SoCal drawl that feels confidential. Their relationship to the dolphins and sea lions is made to seem friendly and familiar.

Because of the show's do-it-yourself vibe, kids will get engaged with the featured wildlife and wild places without effort. And parents will enjoy getting the locals' tour of far-flung nature preserves. No offense, Rick Steves, but these locals do know their backyards best.

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