As the wise philosopher Ms. Frizzle hath said “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” Today is International Mud Day, and the best way to celebrate? By getting your hands dirty! Founded as a reminder of the connection we have with Mother Earth, two members of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children, Gillian McAuliffe from Western Australia, and Bishu Bhatta from Nepal, discussed the challenges children face in the world today. One of their most pressing challenges? Encouraging kids to appreciate the world around us. While many recoil from muddy environments, it is hard to match the energizing and connective feeling of running dirt through your fingers and toes. The importance of mud cannot be understated – mud acts as the foundation for frog and bird homes, and its nutrients sustain gardens for many different plants in our ecological communities. Working in your community garden is a great way to make a difference and for participants to complete their community service for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Remember – a certain amount of bacteria is good for you, and sometimes, it’s fun to make a mess!