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Venturing outside can be a fun, educational, eye-opening, active, and refreshing experience. Now that the summer months are upon us, the outside beckons with its warm breeze and sunshine. Want to explore the outdoors, but not sure which activity to try first? Well in celebration of Great Outdoors Month this June, here at TCI we’ve brainstormed a few fun, and educational, outdoor activities for all ages to celebrate our environment.
Take a Hike
Hiking is a great way to not only venture outdoors, but to really explore where you live. Find a local trail, whether flat and dusty or mountainous and tree-covered, and take in the scenery around you. See if you can find any animals tracks while on your hike, and then try and guess which animal left those tracks. Also, be on the lookout for small insects or cool looking plants. Hiking is a fun family activity, and a great way to escape into nature for a few hours. Be sure to bring water, snacks, and even a camera and see how many trails you can explore while the weather is still warm!
Nothing beats a clear night and some stars. Once the summer sun goes down, head out into your backyard or a local park with a blanket and take a look up at the sky above. Stargazing can be a fun introduction to astrology as well. See if you can recognize a few constellations, such as the Big Dipper and Orion’s belt, or try and locate the North Star. You can also stargaze a couple nights in a row and observe how the moon changes shape. Stargazing is an exciting way for you and your kids to see and appreciate nature from a nighttime perspective.
Make Nature Art
Another cool way to interact with nature is to make nature art! Go on a scavenger hunt and collect various natural objects, such as sticks, pinecones, colorful leaves, or fallen flower petals (don’t pick anything living, such as planted flowers) to create a masterpiece. Construct a calendar that uses flower petals to count the days, or create a sculpture using pinecones and some glue. This is a great activity for kids, as it prompts their curiosity and creativity while getting them involved with the environment.
Planting flowers is a simple yet surefire way to spend a few hours enjoying some fresh air. Take a trip to a local garden store and buy a variety of seeds or some ready-to-plant flowers. Have kids experiment with where to plant flowers, how to plant the seeds, how much sunlight the plants need, or the perfect amount of water needed in order for your flowers to thrive. Explain the importance of fertilizer in helping plants receive enough nitrogen to grow. Get your hands dirty, and start planting!
Take advantage of the warm weather and get outside this June to celebrate Great Outdoors Month and all of the amazing things nature has to offer!