What parents need to know
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
Responsibility & Ethics
- honoring the community
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.