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Date:
June 24, 2020
Time:
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Ten Nature Walk Activities for Kids & Parents

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

April 12 is ten days until Earth Day, April 22, 2020. Right now, getting out into the wild areas is one of the best things Humboldt can offer stir-crazy kids and families, that's still safe to do. Humboldt County parks and beaches are open! Spending time in the forests and fields, or near stream or shore, is fun for kids and relaxing for parents. Here are ten ways to make each nature walk a little bit different and a lot of fun, with a bit of learning thrown in.

10 Nature Walk
Activities 

Sunlight slants through trees as a parent and child walk on a forest track.?

Bug Walk – how many insects can you find on your walk? Bring a jar and magnifier, or use a camera to look at them in detail.  Can you walk like a bug?

Nature ID – bring a nature guide and try to identify plants, birds, animals, or shells you see. (Better for the big kids.)

Use Your Senses – what can you learn by just focusing on one of your senses as you walk, like listening? Make a list of everything you hear.

Shapes, Sherlock! – look for geometric shapes in nature, like circles, squares, triangles.  If you are an alphabet fan, look for letter shapes.  Taking pictures of letter shapes can be fun too.  Maybe you can make your own nature-photo alphabet book!

Leaf & Flower Pressing – Bring a fat book and collect leaves and flowers to press inside as you go. Put the book away for three weeks and then your pressings will be ready for craft fun.

Clay Imprints – take dough or clay and imprint the shapes of shells, acorns, leaves, and other interesting things, just to enjoy their shapes and textures in a new way.

Crayon Rub – bring several sheets of paper and old, broken crayons. Find the patterns of strong-veined leaves, wood grain, bark, etc. by placing the paper over a textured object and rubbing with the crayon.

Gnome Home -- Build a tiny house out of leaves, sticks, stones, or other things.  Tell stories about who lives there.

Stream Boat -- Build tiny boats from sticks and leaves.  Sail them down a stream or across a puddle.

Earth Day Birthday Garland – bring yarn, string, or pipe cleaners and select leaves to string into a leafy decoration.

Happy Earth Day to One and All!