Let’s face it. All too often families spend more time indoors than they should. Kids are on their tablets or smartphones or watching TV or playing video games. Wouldn’t it be nice for everyone to get outdoors? But, what do you do once you get out there? Why not spend time enjoying nature? There are so may ways a family can experience nature. Whether you go for a nature walk, visit a national park, or take a guided tour, you and your kids are going to love these ways to experience nature.
Go for a Nature Walk
One of the best things you can do to experience nature with kids is to simply go for a nature walk. You can do this anywhere. If you have small kids, you can even go for a nature walk in your own yard. Make it fun for the kids by going on a Scavenger hunt. Look at the birds, bugs, plants, flowers, etc. Have your kids take pictures of all the interesting things you find on your nature walk. You can then go home and research the things you have found together. It’s not only fun, but a great learning experience.
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Visit a National Park
There are so many beautiful National parks across America. In my hometown we had the Vicksburg National Military Park. I spent many summers there growing up Choose one close by and go visit it for the day. Walk the hiking trails, go horseback riding, play in the creeks and rivers, and just have fun. If your kids have never visited a national park before, they will get to experience nature in a brand new way. Take a bit of time to research the park to see what’s available. Some parks have zipline tours, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing opportunities, and more.
Camping is an awesome way to experience nature with kids. It’s also a great way to get away from everything. Find a nearby camping ground that is free of wifi and entertainment. In other words, skip the campgrounds that have game rooms and other luxuries. You want a campground where you can go fishing, cook your dinner over an open fire, etc.
Go Berry Picking
Berry Picking can be a lot of fun for the entire family. Not only do you get to spend the entire day out in nature but you also get to come home with some tasty treats. Of course the kids will eat the berries while you pick them. No worries though a little dirt never hurt.
Take a Guided Tour
There are places all over the world where you can take wildlife tours. You can go on cave explorations, boat tours that take you to different wildlife habitats, scuba diving tours, etc. See what’s available in your area. Depending on where you live, you maybe surprised at how much you can experience.
Go for a Hike
There are many health benefits to going for a hike. In addition to the many health benefits hiking will also foster a love for being in nature. If you have mountains around you like we do then you can also experience some stunning views of the areas around you.
It’s not hard to get out and experience nature with kids. It can be something as simple as going on a nature walk or going camping. Either way, make sure to take time to get outdoors and do something fun.