Spending time in nature is interesting and fun! Here are ideas for things you can do outdoors. Most are free! Just be sure to check with your parents before getting started.

Summer

  • Build a fairy house
  • Play tag
  • Catch fireflies (be sure to release them)
  • Go swimming
  • Go biking
  • Plant a flower or vegetable garden
  • Go berry picking
  • Play Frisbee or catch
  • How many different kinds of animals can you find in your yard or park? What are they?
  • Watch for (the Perseid meteor shower occurs every year in early August).

Autumn

  • Find some colorful leaves and learn what trees they come from.
  • Go apple or pumpkin picking
  • How many different kinds of trees can you find in your yard or park? What are they?
  • Go on a picnic
  • Go to a park or playground
  • Put up a birdfeeder and identify what birds come to visit
  • Plant a tree or a garden, window box or pots on your porch or deck.
  • Visit a local farm
  • Play catch, Frisbee or tag
  • Go swimming, hiking, biking, skateboarding
  • Go beachcombing, tide pooling, or just to play in the waves
  • Go camping, hunting or fishing
  • Visit a fish hatchery
  • Go canoeing, kayaking or boating
  • Make and keep a nature journal
  • Go bird or wildlife watching
  • Go geocaching

Winter

  • Go sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowboarding, or skiing
  • Build a snowman
  • Look for animal tracks in the snow and keep a journal of drawings of their footprints
  • Look at snow crystals with a magnifying glass
  • Go ice fishing

Spring

  • Look for wildflowers and see if you can find them in a field guide
  • Jump rope
  • Watch for birds returning for the summer: red-winged blackbirds, bluebirds, phoebes, etc.
  • Find and watch birds building a nest (but don’t disturb them)
  • Go kite flying
  • Listen for birdsongs and see if you can identify the bird
  • Look for frogs, frog eggs and tadpoles
  • Go fishing
  • Watch insects
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