Hello everyone! I hope you have been enjoying getting outside and connecting with what matters. My family and I have been loving the spring time conditions here in Northern California. We are sending you sunshine wherever you may be — especially if your world is still covered in snow 🙂
Get Outside & Connect Activity Week #8
This week our activity is to get outside and take a hike! This can be any local hike of your choice. You are also welcome to go on an adventure a bit farther from home. If you live in the city you may need to go for a bit of a drive to get there. I promise it will be worth it. Even if it is still really cold out where you live. There’s nothing better than bundling up for a walk in the wilderness.
Taking a hike is a great way to get outside for some exercise with friends and loved ones. It also provides a rich learning experience for both kids and adults. Don’t forget your cameras, nature journals and nature study resources!
- Identify and discuss wildlife in the area.
- Investigate plants, bugs, or rocks. [Bring binoculars and/or a magnifying glass if you have one]
- Touch and feel the natural world for a rich sensory experience.
- Identify and discuss any natural resources in the area.
- Collect items for your nature journal or nature table.
- Bring along a compass and typographic map of the area you are hiking.
Deepen the experience:
- Write feelings and impressions in your nature journal.
- Draw or paint something you see.
- Spend a few minutes in silence or meditation.
The above are all just suggestions you can do any of them, none of them, or something else entirely — up to you.
I have always loved getting out into nature on hikes. I have hundreds of pictures of many beautiful trails I have walked. Below I am sharing some photo’s we’ve taken of some of our most recent hikes where we currently live. The following pictures are of Upper Bidwell Park and Horseshoe Lake in Chico, CA.
Hitting the trail…
My daughter and husband running FAST down the hill!
My daughter and I talking about why horseshoe lake is so much bigger right now. [We just had some heavy rains.]
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Nell comes from a varied background with over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination, learning through play, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…