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.

DisneyNature Oceans

Nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; your kids should know a little something about the world beneath the waves. Directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (the duo did 2001’s Winged Migration), Oceans plunges viewers into the world’s five oceans to explore the strange and beautiful creatures living below. Viewers will swim alongside great white sharks; watch newborn sea turtles race for the waves; and marvel at sea creatures that look more alien than Earth-bound. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery captured by state-of-the-art cameras, the film took four years to make and spanned 54 locations. Simply: You’ll never look at the ocean the same way again.

Ages: 8+  (Younger kids may be disturbed by some scenes.)

Where to watch: amazon.com/disneyoceans.

photo: Disney.com 

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

—Melissa Heckscher