3 Tips for Spending Time in Nature (Even When the Weather is Bad)

Here are three tips for spending time in nature with your kids in all kinds of weather.

1. Wear the right gear.

When it’s hot and sunny, you can wear clothes that keep you cool and slather on the sunscreen. Or you can wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothes that protect you from the sun, and wear sunscreen on exposed skin.

In rain, wear a waterproof rain jacket with a hood, rain pants, and boots. If it’s warm and rainy, you could wear shorts instead of pants. Also, pants and shorts don’t have to be waterproof, but they should be made … Read more

3 Tips for Spending Time in Nature (Even in Bad Weather)

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There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather
3 Tips for Spending Time in Nature (Even when the weather is bad)

Nature Walk Video
City Park, November 2018

Animals and Plants
Northern cardinal
slash pine
dogfennel
bluestem grass
strange seed pods
sabal palm
tree/shrub with fuzzy white flowers
saw palmetto

“Laser Groove” and “Cold Sober” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather

When I was a kid, I always stayed inside when it rained. I played outside in the sunshine, under clouds, and in the snow, but rainy days were never seen as an invitation to go outside.

When I got a job working at a camp, we took the kids hiking in all types of weather, including rain on cold days. Since we lived in Ohio, and the kids had come prepared to spend a couple of nights, everyone had rain coats or ponchos. Rain drops bounced off the top of my head and dripped off of leaves. Alongside the trail, … Read more

Animal Encounters

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Animal Encounters
Animal Encounters Activity

Nature Walk Video
City Park, October 2018

Animals and Plants
bluejay
dead trees
grasses
oak tree
rusty lyonia

“Laser Groove” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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How to Use Binoculars

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How do Binoculars Work?
How to Use Binoculars Activity

Nature Walk Video
City Park, October 2018

Animals and Plants
saw palmetto
velvet ant
sand pine
oak tree

“Laser Groove” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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What Is a Venn Diagram?

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What is a Venn Diagram?
Venn Diagram Template and Activity

Venn diagram template

Nature Walk Video
Backyard butterfly garden, October 2018

Animals and Plants
Bee
Dotted horsemint
Plumbago
American beautyberry
Lantana
Coontie

“Laser Groove” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Animal Encounters Activity

Here are three steps that you can take so your kids can have positive animal encounters.

1. Research Options

First, find a location that will let you touch animals. You’ll have to do a little bit of research into the zoos, aquariums, nature centers, and maybe even pet stores that are near you. In my area I can go to the zoo and touch animals. The zoo has a petting zoo, and volunteers will also hold animals such as snakes and other reptiles throughout the zoo that visitors can touch.

There’s a nature center that has terrapins or sea … Read more