The wind is howling; there’s slushy snow on the ground, and the kids are looking for something to do. Believe it or not, this is a perfect time to take a nature hike at one of your county parks.
Boring?? No! Like most experiences, if you give kids a challenge sprinkled with some imagination and of course you promise “FUN”, they’ll have a great time and be eager to go. An outing like this is a great opportunity to get your kids thinking, observing and developing an appreciation for the outdoors during these cold winter months. Make it a contest “scavenger hunt style” day out in nature.
If you go early you can get the beautiful scenery of untouched landscape. Perhaps there will be some tracks and as you stroll through the trails you can guess what animal made those prints. Have your kids compare tracks as you are hiking in the woods.
Your children might enjoy soaking in everything and then go home and draw what you saw during your nature hike. If it is snowing on your hike stick your tongues out to feel the flakes drop on your tongues.
Tips for your Hike:
Of course wear warm clothes, boots, gloves, but don’t forget to bring your imagination. Let your child create the experience and explore.
You can even bring some detective gear and have some fun by using a magnifying glass or a pair of binoculars to help your adventure discover different aspects.
Engage them with questions. What kind of bird sang to us on the trail? What tree did this fallen log come from? Who is living in the pond during this season?
Don’t forget to leave your own tracks and memories behind by making a snow angel or snowman. Or perhaps have a little fun with a snowball fight.
Once you are home you can cozy up to some hot chocolate and cookies.
Enjoy the end of this winter season.