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! These virtual activities, which have been converted from some of our most popular TRACK Trail brochures, can be done on a smartphone, tablet, or other browser-compatible devices.
To begin exploring e-Adventures today, simply go to the official e-Adventures page, choose the activity you’d like to do, and then register your e-Adventure the same way you would any other Kids in Parks adventure! You can complete e-Adventures in your backyard, neighborhood, local park, an official TRACK Trail, or anywhere in between. The activities you can choose from include:
Nature Guide Activities
- Hide & Seek – A guide to finding elements of nature all around, including birds, trees, flowers, and animal tracks
- Flower Power – Helps children explore nature’s color palette through flowers, and learn about flower anatomy
- Bug Out – Identifies the differences between various arthropods, including beetles, spiders, centipedes, and more
- Hikin' to Find Lichen – Learn about lichen! What it is, where to find it, and why its important to nature
- Fun with Fungi – Teaches kids how to identify different types of fungi and how they are important players to an ecosystem as decomposers
- Birds of the USA – A guide to a variety of local birds in your region
- Nature's Relationships – Everything in nature is connected. Learn about these different connections and how the environment relies on the relationships within it.
- Animal Athletes – Encourages children to mimic animal motions to stay active, including the fast wing flaps of hummingbirds
- Forest Bathing – Also known as Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Bathing is a practice that originated in Japan as a way to relieve stress and has caught on around the world. This activity was created in response to the upheaval in routine and challenges that families are experiencing right now.
- Changes in Trees – Observe changes in trees as an introduction to phenology, the study of seasonal cycles in living things, and how noting these changes can give us clues to climate issues
- Community Creature Count – Animals live all around us. Whether you are at a local park, the playground, or your own backyard, you are in a wildlife habitat! Count how many you see
- Stream Study – By observing these streams and rivers, we can learn a lot about the climate, the landscape, and human impact. Use this activity to monitor any creek, stream, or river near you
- Digging Detectives – Let’s go scoop up some dirt and find out what’s inside! Its color and composition give us clues about natural forces that shape the landscape
Over time, we plan to add more e-Adventures to our online catalog. So, stay tuned! As with all Kids in Parks adventures, your participation with e-Adventures will earn you prizes that you can take on future outdoor adventures!