With plans afoot, NOW is the time to ensure that your child's school takes advantage of one of the safest spaces for learning during the pandemic—the outdoors. We've gathered these resources to help your school start the process of repurposing the outdoors as a learning space.
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Summertime is here! The ideal time to update your child's library with books about nature. This list of carefully-chosen books for kids of all ages focuses on the beauty and wonder of nature and can help young children develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
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Ponds are sensory discovery zones. Our guide to pond exploration will allow your child's imagination to run wild as you explore this fascinating ecosystem together. Enjoy these ideas for having fun exploring nature at a pond! With free scavenger hunt printable.

Outdoor Daddy: Blogs We Just Have to Share

 

Dads have great ideas and impressive outdoor skills to share with kids, both their own and others! Here is our list of the Outdoor Dad blogs that we love.
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Become a Tree Friend

Befriending a tree is a great way for your child to learn about one of the most important living things on this planet— and one that is likely just outside their door. By becoming a friend to a tree, your child can learn not only about the vital role of trees, but they will develop an appreciation for these dependable but dynamic organisms. Visiting their tree year-round and noticing how it changes from season to season, will also help them tune into local ecology as well.
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Why Kids Need to be Learning Outside

As we move towards a slow and gradual reopening of society after Covid19 restrictions, we are getting a sense that “back to school” will look very different this year. While many school districts will undoubtedly focus on keeping kids confined and controlled by limiting their space, classes, and movement, there are some glimmers of hope from around the world. Some education leaders are taking learning in the opposite direction, giving kids more space by taking learning outside.

Fashion a Fairy House

What could be more enchanting than a fairyhouse tucked away in the corner of a garden? Or in the nook of a tree? They’re adorable. They’re magical. And creating them is a creative way for a child to spend (endless) time outdoors. Why & how to start building one with your child, NEW in our Activity Finder!

The Essentials of Nature Journaling

Like our favorite nature-based activities, keeping a nature journal helps kids slow down when they're outdoors and take in their surroundings. Part field journal, part art portfolio and part diary, a nature journal is a special place for kids to keep track of and record their observations from nature.

How Much Time in Nature Does a Kid Really Need?

To help you figure out the proper daily dose of nature for your child, we dug into the most recent and widely-circulated studies to come up with this roundup of the recommendations for "just right" nature time each day.

How to Make a Journey Stick

A journey stick is a great activity to do with kids as it helps them focus on their surroundings, learn about nature, keeps them busy, and results in a wonderful handmade (free), customized souvenir from their trip.

Listening to the Sounds of Silence

Too often, when we’re outside, we rely too heavily on our eyes and lower the volume on the other senses— like sound. This quick, 15-minute “sound of nature” activity will help your child discover a whole new world, be more mindful and more tuned in to nature.

Going on a Bug Hunt

With their numbers in serious decline worldwide, insects are in serious trouble. It’s more important than ever to encourage your child’s interest in insects. And since they are adapted to live in virtually all habitats: land, in water and in air and all continents including Antarctica, finding them and studying them is one of the easiest nearby nature activities you can do together!

Your Child, Nature Poet

When we take our children outside, we need to help them absorb it like a sponge, soaking it in, so they can take the benefits of nature with them wherever they are. One way that we love to soak in nature with our kids is through nature poetry. 

Homeschooling? It’s Time for a Field Trip!

As challenging as our situation is right now, we can use the opportunity to get more natural history into your child’s education. And one of the best ways to show kids how fascinating natural history is through field trips. These rich educational experiences are free, easily accessible and social distancing approved!

Nature + Social Distancing. Perfect Together

Living through a global pandemic that restricts our social interactions and even requires quarantining is no fun for any of us, especially kids. Under this new and evolving condition, many parents are wondering how to keep their kids healthy and happy during this time. We have an elegant solution for them: nature (yes, you probably knew that ahead of time).

Nature-Approved Screentime

Nothing beats the great outdoors. But if your family is having some indoor time, don’t dismay. Your kids can still get a nature fix of sorts. These excellent resources can help kids learn about the natural world. 

Top FREE Nature-Based Learning Curriculums for Schools and Homeschools

We scoured the web, looking at some of our favorite wildlife and nature-based organization to come up with this list for you of nature-based learning curriculum for schools and homeschools! From citizen-science projects, outdoor explorations, activities, lesson plans, toolkits, you'll find many creative resources to help jumpstart nature-based education for your kids or students.

Becoming a Micronature-ist

Micronature is simply digestible nature, or nature in small enough doses to take in and to study. By observing micronature, your child can actually try to notice every detail of a natural area as it's small enough to explore and analyze. Micronature is an excellent way for your child to “claim” a little piece of the outdoors, get to know it intimately through observation and repeat visits.

Tips for Hosting ScreenFree, Outdoor Playdates

When they’re brimming with screens, playdates can’t help kids polish their social skills. And they certainly can’t help kids reap the rewards of outdoor playtime. Here are a few strategies you can try to keep screens out of playdates—and get the kids outside.

Why Your Child Should Try Nature Photography

Observing and photographing nature is an enriching hobby that helps your child observe and learn in nature. To be a good nature photographer, your child will have to learn how to be a "quiet observer," practicing patience and bodily control as they look for signs of how wildlife uses habitat for food, water, cover, a place to raise young. This is an excellent way for any child to experience tuning into the natural world and connecting with nature.
As parents, we want to get nature back into childhood but just how much nature is needed to benefit kids?
To help you figure out the proper daily dose of nature for your child, we dug into the most recent and widely-circulated studies to come up with this roundup of the recommendations for "just right" nature time each day.