Sure, you can teach your kids to go out and save the planet (or at least, plant a seed), but sometimes the only thing our future eco-kiddos want to do is watch TV. So why not let the screen guide them? Inspire the next generation with shows and movies that get even the littlest of kids thinking about the Earth—and their place on it.

Life

Whereas the 2006 nature film, Planet Earth, looked at the world on a larger scale; its successor, Life, examines the peculiar habits of its inhabitants. The 10-part series, produced by BBC, took four years to film and captured never-before-seen moments, including a Komodo dragon hunting a water buffalo and a high-def capture of flying fish leaping out of the water. Parents take note: The series doesn’t shy away from nature's harsh realities; viewers will see the food chain in all its glory, from a venus flytrap snapping up flies (in slow motion!) to a trio of cheetahs taking down an ostrich. There are also several scenes featuring animals doing the deed, so if you’re not yet ready to answer those pesky birds-and-bees questions, you might want to steer clear (or fast-forward).  

Ages: 6+

Where to watch: Clips available on Discovery.com or BBC.com. Full episodes available on amazon.com/primevideo/life

How will you help the kids learn about our planet this Earth Day? Share with us in a comment below!

—Melissa Heckscher