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.
Tips and Tricks
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.
Hiking can be a fun way to encourage healthy eating! There's just something about taking your lunch outdoors that can make it taste all the better. Especially after a good hike. And when making your hiking lunches, be sure that it's a well-balanced meal.
We're nearly midway through the summer, and it has been HOT! However, there’s still plenty of outdoor fun to be had, even when the weather is a little more than warm. Read this post by @mtnmamatales for some great hot weather hiking tips to beat the heat when you go out with your kids. There are plenty of ways to safely enjoy being outside when the summer is at its peak. And what better way to cool off than to go for a swim? Here’s a list of ten of our TRACK Trail locations that have a swimming hole or two!
Each April, during the presidentially-proclaimed National Park Week, the National Park Service joins with the National Park Foundation to celebrate America's treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park!
In recent years, BioBlitzing has become an increasingly popular activity in urban areas. More and more, parks and cities host Bioblitzes to help create connections between the public and the environment. Attending a local BioBlitz can be a great opportunity for kids, enhancing their appreciation of the environment while engaging them in real citizen science projects. However, a BioBlitz event cannot be found everywhere. So, here are some tips on creating your own mini-BioBlitz in your backyard!