Getting out into the great outdoor is a wonderful idea and there are so many things to do and see the choices are endless. There are things the family can enjoy as a group and there are things you can enjoy by yourself. There are many state and local parks and reserves that have areas available for public use and some have equipment and facilities that you can rent for a very small fee. With spring in the air its time you get busy checking around your area to find ways to get out and re-introduce yourself and your family to Mother Nature.
Visiting a local farm is a great way to incorporate education, enjoyment and the wonderful selection of fresh produce. There are many berry and fruit farms that offer pick your own produce. Check your local area and see what types of farms are available for tours and picking produce. It will be time well spent with the education of how the farm operates and the nutritional value of fresh produce that you picked yourself.
Hikes or nature walks can be great for all members of the family. Even Grandmother can enjoy short slow walks through trails. Local parks and reserves should have nature trails that are free to the public. You can enjoy the beauty of the trees, flowers, plants, and wildlife you encounter in their natural habit.
Taking the whole family on a bike ride is another good idea to get out and enjoy the wonderful spring weather. There are bike trails in many parks. Make sure you do this at a leisure pace, it’s not a race after all. Enjoy the scenery and the great outdoors as you and your family pedal along. Don’t make it too long of a ride or you will wear the kids out and they could become cranky. Just a short ride, taking breaks as needed to make sure everyone stays together.
There are lots of lakes and pond that have rental boats. These could be paddle boats or fishing boats. Take a day and rent a boat or two and have the family enjoy a day out on the lake. You will enjoy the great sunshine and fresh air, as well as the beauty of the lake and the wildlife you may see on the banks. The rental fee is usually very reasonable and most public parks with pond have boat rentals. It may be required that an adult signs a release, stating they will be responsible for all children in their care.
Camping and outdoor picnicking go hand in hand, you will be picnicking if you go camping. Pack up all the essentials and the tent and sleeping bags and head for the closest campground to rent a space to pitch your tent for a night or two. Let the kids ruff it for the weekend; it will do wonders for them. They can enjoy sleeping under the stars and there is probably activities such as swimming, fishing and hiking available at most campgrounds. They will get a good dose of nature and will love the time they spend there. Let them roast marshmallows over a campfire and make smores. It’s not only getting in touch with nature, but it’s making memories with your kids that will last a lifetime.
Getting outside into nature is as close as your backyard. Gardening is a good way to enjoy nature and learn a lot about how things grow and produce flowers, fruit or vegetables. Let your kids help as much as possible. It doesn’t matter if it’s an existing garden or if you are starting a new one, there is plenty for everyone to do and learn from working in the garden.
You could set out for a quiet little place in the woods to enjoy bird watching. You can take along binoculars if you have them for a better look, but just being still and quiet you will be amazed at how many different kinds of birds you can see in a short period of time. Take your camera along to take pictures of these beauty creatures of nature. Bird watching is a nice peaceful activity that you can do as a group or alone in the great outdoors.
I hope this inspires you to get up and get moving to enjoy the wonders all around you in the great outdoors. It is an inexpensive way to entertain kids and yourself, while learning and enjoying nature all at the same time.