It is the intent of our nature programs at the preserve to get the kids to experience nature directly—nothing mediating between the children and their experience of nature.
Having said that I admit to watching some really great nature films this summer. There have been many nights where I had to let the night cool off before going to bed, ideal for watching a bit of a video.
We watched some of our favorites: Jacques Perrin's Microcosmos and Winged Migration. Then we watched again the David Attenborough-narrated Planet Earth that aired on PBS last year. This series displays the wonders of earth, many of which are stranger than fiction.
We are also now watching the Ken Burn's documentary, America's National Parks - America's Best Idea. Also accompanied by spectacular cinematography this film demonstrates how the preservation of these lands, accessible to all, are a manifestation of democracy, part of America's contribution to the world.