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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Animal Encounters

Podcast Show Notes

Transcripts
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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

How to Use Binoculars Activity

I want to give you three steps for how to use binoculars with your kids.

1. Location, Location, Location

The first step is to choose a good location where you can watch animals. You’ll need to find a place where you can see trees or bushes or water or flowers because these are the types of natural objects that are going to attract animals to come to them. If you’re in the city and don’t have trees and bushes and water nearby, then you can look for places where animals might perch because a lot of birds will perch on … Read more

How Do Binoculars Work?

This week I went outside to do some birdwatching because it’s the time of year when birds are migrating through my area. I get to see birds that I don’t normally see other times of the year.

I was outside looking for birds, and I saw one perch in the distance. It looked like it had yellow underneath and gray on top, so it had a contrasting color. I could tell it was a medium-size bird, but I couldn’t see any details on it to understand what kind of bird it could be. I didn’t have enough information to even … Read more

Teaching Children About Autumn

Teaching Children About AutumnGoing out in nature and teaching children about autumn is possible as long as you have a slight seasonal change in your area. Even where I live in the South, small changes can be observed as the seasons change. Here are some ideas for activities your child can do.

Kindergarten
Education standard*: Observe plants and animals; describe how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.

Activity: Spend time outside observing plants and animals as they get ready for winter. If possible, view birds migrating south, squirrels gathering and … Read more

Benefits of Playing and Learning in a Natural Environment

Benefits

Nature-deficit disorder is the human cost of alienation from nature, according to author Richard Louv, who wrote Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Some of these costs are the diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, and emotional illnesses. In contrast, some of the benefits he describes for children who play and learn in nature include

  • increased creativity
  • greater attention span for those with ADHD
  • greater physical and emotional health.

Nature in Your Own Backyard

When I was a kid, I went outside almost every day. My parents didn’t take me to nature parks, … Read more