Nature's Code Of Ethics
Ethics is treating people, animals, objects and nature in a proper manner. Our environment is an interdependent web of natural resources. These resources are soil, water, air, plants and animals. When we use any one of these resources there is a cause and effect relationship on one or more of the other resources. A balanced use of these resources and in some cases preservation, ensures these resources will be sustained for the future. An outdoor classroom is an excellent "environment" for teaching the respect and wise us of natural resources.
When you are roaming around the countryside or park, enjoying the outside, please keep the following in mind.
- Respect the habitats of wildlife. You are guest in their home when you explore the outdoors. Observe wildlife from a distance when possible so as not to alter their normal behavior.
- Observe, examine, but don't take or destroy. Return study specimens back the way you found them.
- Do not destroy or disfigure plants and animals unnecessarily or against environmental laws.
- Do not litter. Pack it in, pack it out. Keep the outdoors clean. If you find litter, put it into receptacles.
- Hike only on designated trails to reduce potential destruction of surrounding areas.
- Follow the laws that protect and conserve our natural resources for future generations.
- Do take pictures as memories of the day.
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