Get Out! - Camping Out
Camping, even for a night in a backyard, is a great way to put children in touch with nature. If you have a backyard, pitch a tent there; if there’s a patio, sleep there. This can be extra fun to do with friends or neighbors.
Talk to the kids: What do you hear? Owls? Crickets? Frogs? Small animals searching for food? The howl of a coyote?
Some more ideas:
1. Build a Fire: If you are in an area that allows you to build a fire, do so. Let the kids help, collecting kindling and other wood, and show them how it is done.
2. Fish: If you are near a lake or pond, consider a little night fishing. Some fish are attracted to light. Put up a lantern near shore or hang one on your boat as you sit in one place.
3. Bug Watch: You can use a light to attract insects and see what comes in.
Redwood City’s Judy Molland is the author of Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009) and Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit, 2007).