This year, the Weekends Count Dad has challenged our family to get OUTDOORS and experience nature! Every time I hear him say this, I think about the cartoon my little one LOVED a few years ago...
Here's a great article focused on the importance of "Getting into Nature":
And now, here are 10 Easy Ways to "Get Your Family Into Nature!
1 - Find any Camp Preview Days in Your Area!
These preview days are easy ways to your family to experience "camp" without actually camping (at least not yet). I enjoy these days because they helps me think my camp experiences from Lake Tyler! I cannot wait for our little one to have the CAMP EXPERIENCE!
We will attend the Camp El Tesoro Preview day this weekend (Saturday, March 7, 2015).
It looks amazing!
Here's a link to the this weekend's camp preview experience in Granbury, TX - LINK.
2 - Practice Letter Boxing with Your Family! Here's a link to one of our prior posts!
Letter boxing is similar to geocaching without the technology!
3 - Have Social Media Photo or Nature Movie Viewing Dinner with Your Family!
Take a look at ANY of these accounts and find amazing pictures to engage your family in a virtual outdoor experience BEFORE venturing out to NATURE! Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook Page
4 - Have an Outdoor Picnic in a Neighborhood or City Park
Maybe your family is not ready for a full camping experience, but you can have short activities to prep for your family for a future family camping experience.
5 - Join Your State's Outdoor Family Program
Here's the Texas Outdoor Family Program Video! We cannot wait to take advantage of this program soon!
6 - Find a Local Botanical Garden!
We loved the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Research Center in Corpus Christi!
7 - Visit an Local (Interactive) Children's Park
8 - Have a Nature Staycation By Visiting a Local Zoo!
9 - Take a Look at the National Education Standards for Nature Discovery for Early Childhood! Make it count!
Getting Your Kids to Plug Into Nature
10 - ACTUALLY GO CAMPING!
What else would you add to the list?