Ms. Smarty-Plants program at Petco Park teaching the importance of providing nature-based learning for kids, and how to be an earth hero.

Ms. Smarty-Plants

The Ms. Smarty-PlantsTM program empowers kids to change the world. Through school assemblies, class field trips and special events, the program reaches over 80,000 kids and adults per year.

In the interview, learn more about the Ms. Smarty-Plants program, why it’s important to provide nature-based learning for kids, and how to be an earth hero.

How to save water:

  • Follow Ms. Smarty-Plants! And visit the Ms. Smarty-Plants website for ideas and resources.
  • Take shorter showers. Reducing your shower time even just a few minutes makes a huge difference in the amount of water used.
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Even Colgate had a commercial about this.
  • Eat less water-intensive foods. The Water Footprint Calculator has some great info on water-use in the food industry.
  • Google “water saving tips” and find resources for kids and adults.
  • Check the San Diego County Water Authority for rebates, ideas, and more in the San Diego County region.
  • When doing laundry, only do full loads so you don’t waste water.
  • Save your pasta water! Let it cool and water your plants with it.
  • If you use a plastic water bottle and only have a little water left, use on your plants rather than pour down the drain. Then, recycle the bottle.
  • Incorporate water-saving strategies in your landscape. Utilize greywater, as well as create swales, install a water tank, and use rain barrels. For more water harvesting ideas, check out a past Greenie Guide interview about water harvesting.
  • Visit The Water Conservation Garden in San Diego County for ideas.
  • If you have kids in your life, share some of these Ms. Smarty-Plants resources.
  • Embody the Ms. Smarty-Plants attitude and make taking eco-action fun. If you have kids, look up environmental education programs in your area and/or do a Google search for “fun activities” and your topic of interest. If you want to inspire the adults in your life, create fun challenges for yourself and your friends. Challenge ideas: host a zero waste dinner, lead a recycled-materials craft day, or organize a bike ride to the park.

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Photo credit: The Water Conservation Garden
Podcast music credit: Blue Dot Sessions