The best thing you can do to learn more about nature firsthand is simple: get outside into the wild and enjoy it — and then get out into your community to spread the word about the importance of saving it for future generations.

But there'll be plenty of times when you can't do that — or maybe you need a break from it. That's when books and movies can be a crucial part of your experience with nature and conservation, whether they're free from your public library or bought at a store, on TV or rented. The following is a brief list of books and movies that can enrich your thinking and feeling about the planet's amazing wild creatures and places and why we need to preserve them. 

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Bambi (rated G)
Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest (rated G)
Finding Nemo
(rated G)
Fly Away Home
(rated PG)
Happy Feet
(rated PG)
(rated PG)
The Lorax
(rated PG)
March of the Penguins
(rated G)
Never Cry Wolf
(rated PG)
Over the Hedge
(rated PG)
Pom Poko
(rated PG)
Princess Mononoke
(rated PG-13)
WALL•E (rated G)


San Joaquin kit fox courtesy Flickr/Greg Schechter