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What to do Outside

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"I'm an outdoors girl..."

-Miranda Lambert




Here are a few ideas of things you can do outside!

See Who Your Neighbors Are

Walk around your yard,neighborhood, local park, or a National Wildlife Refuge and observe all the wildlife. If you don't see wildlife at first don't get discouraged. Often times wildlife runs to hide when people come around, but they leave their signs behind. Look for tracks, scat (Yup, we mean poop!), the remains of their last meal, or bits of lost fur.

Keep a Journal

Be like a biologist and keep a journal of what you see and hear. It can be a simple list, or you can make it more detailed with sketches and descriptions of sounds. Don't forget the date and time. Your journal may give you ideas for a school paper, a blog, or even a Facebook/Twitter status. You never know who you could inspire to go outside with your written ideas!

Think Small

There can be what seems like a whole other worlds hiding under a log or bush. Look closely at tree bark. Observe a small area on the ground. Can you see things you couldn't before? Sometimes the smallest of things can seem the most amazing! You can even use a magnifying glass if you have one.

Dirt Don't Hurt

There are lots of things to see underground and you don't have to dig very deep to find them. You can simply dig a small hole and observe. What do you see? Bugs? Worms? Seeds? Roots? What color is the soil? Just remember to fill the hole back in so nobody gets hurt walking over it.

Do What I Do

There are all kids of sounds in nature. Listen and try to make the same sounds you hear, or act out what you see wildlife doing. This activity is really fun with friends and family!

Use Your Smarts

Put on your thinking cap, and let the creative juices flow! We are sure you have fun ideas of your own for things to do outside. You can tell us about them on Facebook, and who knows your idea might end up on this page!


If you are still looking for things to do, visit our Activity Sheets page for more ideas!

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Last Updated: May 05, 2014
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