Monday, June 15, 2020

Outdoor Fun

After spending months in self-quarantine and only going grocery shopping every other week, it felt really nice last week to get out and do some hiking. I was very happy to see so many families and young people on the trails and at the parks. Being outdoors can be a great learning experience for many students.

Here are some examples of what students can learn about:

·      Reading and following a map.
·      Following trail blazes.
·      Identifying wildflowers.
·      Identifying trees.
·      Identifying ferns.
·      Identifying fungus.
·      Identifying salamanders.
·      Identifying birds.
·      Identifying insects.
·      Studying erosion.
·      Studying water ecology.
·      Life cycles.
·      History of the park.
·      History of structures that once existed.
·      Water safety.
·      Learn first aid.
·      Healthy snacks to take on a hike.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do outdoors! Find a park or nature preserve near you and check it out. You may be surprised at all the new things you can find!

Have you enjoyed somewhere outdoors? What did you see and do? Please share.

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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