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How to get involved with conservation

Conservation of the planet is one of the most important subjects we can care about. So, what can we do to ensure that the planet and all its creatures are cared for?

Here are some tips on how to promote conservation:

  1. Advocate

Arguably, one of the most important aspects of improving conservation is to be an advocate for conservation. There are many ways that you can be an advocate. Ways that you can become involved include contacting politicians, posting on social media and most importantly, simply talking to others about why conservation efforts are important. By making your voice heard, you will be able to stand up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.

  1. Buy local

Making a conscious effort to shop locally is another way to help enhance conservation efforts. By staying local, you will support your community and in turn, yourself. Shopping locally is good for both the environment because less effort is needed to transfer goods. Here are some helpful tips on shopping locally.

  1. Donate

If you simply search “donate conservation” on Google, an abundance of organizations flood the search tool. That being said, there are many different groups that you can donate money to that work to improve conservation efforts. If you want to help out, but don’t know how to or are limited in what you can do, this may be the option for you.

  1. Reuse

Reusing goods is one of the easiest ways to get involved with improving conservation efforts. Recycling, reusing and composting are all ways to ensure that products are used to their highest potential. For information about reducing, reusing and recycling, click here for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s take on the subject. If you’re especially interested in composting, read our blog on the topic.

  1. Volunteer

There are many different organizations that offer volunteering opportunities to help enhance conservation efforts throughout the world. For those in Washington state, like me, The Nature Conservancy offers volunteering options throughout the state, as well as throughout the United States. Currently, there are options such as being a volunteer videographer and being a stewardship leader.

If you aren’t located in Washington and would like to volunteer, there are other options as well to choose from! The Wildlife Conservation Network works to care for cheetahs, painted dogs and elephants. In addition, the World Wide Fund For Nature offers an abundance of volunteering opportunities for those interested.


Through its curriculum, Facing the Future develops educational resources to promote conservation and provides information and materials meant for educating students from kindergarten through post-secondary studies.  Engaging Students in Conservation: Beaver Restoration and Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard does just this, by empowering students to learn and address the conservation of endangered species. For less than $5, you can download both curriculum units as PDFs to use and keep for as long as you’d like. Visit facingthefuture.org for more information or click on the links above to learn more about each product.


Alyssa is a journalism and sociology student at Western Washington University who is passionate about improving the world through spreading information and volunteering.


Kelly Giles:

I am a college student studying pre-veterinary medicine and hoping to take this profession into conservation ecology. Next year, I am taking a special events coordinator position in an honor society at my school and I am going to plan many environmentally-based events.

However, I do not want to wait until then! I am looking for ideas on how to engage the community in conservation efforts and would love to get advice on how to start initiatives. This is something that I am very passionate about and I would be super excited to make good things happen! Any advice on getting people involved or what kinds of activities could be made (in Michigan) would be wonderful.

Thank you for everything that you do!

Kelly Giles

Apr 09, 2019

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