Getting outdoors is good for everyone. It helps combat stress, build community, and keep your mind and body healthy. But it takes encouragement from inside homes, schools, and the community to get people outside. Read for the benefits of getting outdoors and how to combat the hindrances that keep us from doing so.
Tips and Tricks
The United Nations World Wildlife Day celebrates and raises awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. But while we tend to focus on more popular animals during World Wildlife Day, conservation can begin in our own, local communities. Even our backyards! Many threatened species live in our neighborhoods. Some are more at risk than we realize.
Last year, we launched e-Adventures as a way to help children and families stay healthy and connected to nature while at home. And it was such a hit that we have since expanded e-Adventures from the original 4 activities to 13 and counting!
Exercise is something most people struggle to fit into their daily routine. Studies show that only 1 in 5 adults and teens get enough exercise to maintain balanced wellness. And for children? 74% of kids are not getting enough daily physical activity. But how can we find the time to work on physical activity between school, homework, jobs, meetings, commutes, etc.? Perhaps it could be easier if we knew exactly how much we should dedicate to our physical well-being
Spending time in nature benefits our physical health and can help us connect with each other by fostering cooperation and providing moments of self-reflection. Did you know there are a lot of fun ways to inspire curiosity in nature while indoors? Below are a few simple ideas to help you plan and make the most of nature experiences.
Creating a nature journal is a great way to connect kids to the outdoors and encourage them to observe the natural world around them. Nature journals can be as simple or as creative as desired, can have a singular theme or cover many topics, and record findings in your backyard or findings from a hike.
To keep your adventures always new and exciting, we’ve compiled some free activities that you and your family can do outside. We will continue to update this page with new resources over the next few weeks, so stay tuned to this page, share it with your friends!
In light of the precautions being taken nationally to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Kids in Parks will be suspending some of our usual operations in order to follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control, as well as orders from our respective state’s government. Expect delays and ommissions of trail materials at our trailheads, but feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns. Read for more info.
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Sometimes starting something new can feel like a commitment, especially when it involves physical activity. And often we lose interest in something that should be simple and carefree, because we are so used to feeling like everything should have structure and immediate purpose. So, what do you do? Try bringing new activities and hobbies to your hike through the woods and turn it into a whole new experience.
Just in time for the chilly weather, KIP winter wear is now available from Bonfire! Get yours today!
The month of October is National Arts and Humanities Month, and to recognize how nature and our parks inspire creatives, the National Park Service celebrates Arts in Parks.