Nature is all around us.
Nature is everywhere. It’s in our communities, in our neighborhood parks and in our backyards.
There many benefits to connecting with the natural world, including physical, mental, emotional and academic. From boosting one’s immune system and improving physical health to reducing anxiety and improving one’s outlook on life, spending just a few minutes outside each day can have profound impacts on our well-being.
Below are activities you can do in your backyard or at a park in your neighborhood. Take these ideas for a walk around your neighborhood and share these activities with your family and friends.
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- Leaves, Leaves, Leaves
Rake the yard and jump in the pile of leaves, have a leaf party (throw leaves up in the air and celebrate) and make a giant leaf nest.
Lay down a piece of yarn – 24” or so – and crouch down low to observe all the life along the yarn.
- Nature Bracelet
Use items you collect while exploring to design your bracelet.
- Nature Journaling
Using all your senses (smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch), what do you notice when you go outside? Search for animals, plants, insects and birds. What is the weather? Write down your observation in your nature journal. Make sure to date!
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of nature items – using words or pictures – to find outside. Seek and find.
- Plants from Cuttings
Use houseplants or cuttings from plants outside to start new plants. Gift these plants to your family and friends.
- Puddle Walk
Take a walk and jump in all the puddles you see along the way.
- Sounds Around
Close your eyes and open your ears, now many different nature sounds can you hear?