Find a Park
Have you looked at your county or regional park website recently? If you go to it and find the list of parks near you, you might be surprised by how many opportunities are available to you to experience and enjoy nature.
I knew there were some parks in my county, but I didn’t realize how many there were until I began to research places where I could teach homeschool classes. The website listed a description for each park, and many of the parks had nature hiking trails. The same is true for the county where I grew up. I thought there was only one nature trail, but a quick internet search showed me that there are 26 nature parks in that county!
If you want to get your kids outside, checking your county parks website is a great way to find new places where you can go.
Enjoy the Benefits of Nature
You and your family will also enjoy the benefits you can gain by being in nature. The Greater Good Magazine published an article reviewing research related to being in nature, living near nature, or even watching videos or looking at pictures of nature. Here are some of the benefits:
- Positive emotions
- Generosity, cooperation, and kindness
- Decrease of stress
- Faster recovery from illness
- Sense of purpose, joy, and energy
The green spaces are waiting for you. Are you ready to find them?