- Go to the zoo. Talk about the animals’ natural habitats. Ask your kids what they think the differences are between life in the wild and life in a zoo.
- Visit a wildlife refuge. Many animals here are injured or in captivity for other reasons. Some are endangered. This is a great educational experience.
- Join a community garden. Have the kids help with different tasks. They can even watch or help you make meals from the food you’ve grown.
- Create a bird watching checklist. List all of the birds native to your area and have them lookout for them, whether it’s on a hike, a camping trip, or at home. This will teach them to be observant of their surroundings.
- Plan a berry-picking expedition. Let the kids snack a bit, and then make something tasty out of your pickings.
Creativity is the key to fun outdoor activities. If you’re excited about getting your children outside, they’ll be more excited about it. Not only will they be getting fresh air, they’ll be learning a lot, getting exercise, and probably eating healthier. Simple acts can lead to healthy habits.
Can you think of other fun nature activities for kids?
Ernie Allison loves nature. More specifically, he loves birds and wants to teach others how to appreciate them, too. To help further this mission, he writes for birdfeeders.com, where there is a lot of advice on attracting hummingbirds and other outdoor topics.