Rainforest Heroes

Common Sense Media says

Empowers kids to save the rainforest with actionable tasks.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Empowers kids to save rainforests!

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Site users are encouraged to donate to the cause.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rainforest Heroes is a website dedicated to the conservation of all types of rainforests. It helps kids learn more about how rainforests are threatened and concrete ways we can take action to solve these problems. One of their programs, Protect-an-Acre, involves fundraising, but none of the other activities require money. In order to sign online petitions families must enter a name and email address.    

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • biology
  • ecosystems

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Video clips, stories, and calls to action will draw kids in and motivate them to start helping. But overall, there's not a ton for them to do on the site. Design is fine; there could be lots more images of the rainforest, though.

Learning Approach

Kids will take an active role in learning about the rainforest by taking action. Writing and sending a letter is hugely empowering and teaches kids that they can always get involved, no matter how big the problem.

Support

YouTube videos have closed captioning that can be converted into other languages, from Afrikaans to Yiddish. Their sister site, Rainforest Action Network, contains a lot more rainforest content.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • biology
  • ecosystems

Skills

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Kids can learn about ecology, rainforests, and the ways humans are impacting our environment. Rainforest Heroes helps kids to see that having diversity of living things matters and when that biodiversity is decreased, we all are threatened. Engaging activities give kids concrete tools to help save rainforests, and, ultimately, teach them the essentials of protesting.

 

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

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What's it about?

Rainforest Heroes is a website that helps kids learn about and protect the rainforest. Activities teach kids about the importance of maintaining biodiversity and the ways we are reducing the species in the rainforest.They can also read about what other kids are doing to support the cause, like a group that made 400 posters for Earth Day. Kids can help by signing petitions or participating in letter writing campaigns to companies that threaten rainforest health.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Rainforest Heroes' biggest strength is that it provides real ways for kids to take action and see results. It includes kids’ letters along with letters from people from all over the world in the hopes of making a bigger impact on CEOs and decision makers. However, there's currently just one option to write to a CEO; it would be nice if kids had a choice in which companies they'd like to contact. The site isn't up to date in some areas: certain links and images are broken, and it could use some more fleshed-out content to help kids see how their actions make a difference. However, working content is kid-centered, cool, and definitely worth a look.

Families can talk about...

  • Talk to your kids about donation; how do you decide if you should donate money to a cause? What causes are important to them?

  • Raise money together for the Protect-an-Acre Program through recycling bottles or a car wash.

  • Check out your books at home to see if they are on the site’s rainforest safe reading list.These are books that are made of paper that is considered “Environmentally Improved” or “Environmentally Superior” by the Environmental Paper Network.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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