Play in nature is especially important for developing creativity, problem-solving, and intellectual development; but children today spend less time outdoors than any generation before them. As conservationists, we have a unique opportunity to reconnect children with their environment. As educators, we have a responsibility to nurture their innate sense of curiosity and cultivate a deeper love and understanding of the natural world around them. It's important to teach children these things, because they cannot protect what they don't know or understand. Providing positive, hands on environmental experiences in early childhood is one way to ensure that the imperiled species we love are protected for generations to come.