Resources for Summer Nature Fun

About the Author

Susan Sachs Lipman (Suz) has more than 25 years experience as a writer, editor, social media manager, community builder, and advocate for getting children into nature. She is the author of Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, which was named a TIME magazine Top 10 Trend of 2012. She has written for the New York Times Motherlode blog, the Christian Science Monitor’s Modern Parenthood blog and others. Suz serves as the Director of Social Media Promotion and Partnerships for the Children & Nature Network.

Things tend to get a little slow around the blogosphere in summer, and that’s generally a good thing. It means many people are taking breaks from their desks and computers, their work and school, and are hopefully enjoying some time outside in nature.

If you’re seeking more resources for summer activities, here are some ideas.

Download the Nature Rocks Summer Activity Guide. You’ll find lots of information on activities that range in time commitment from half an hour to a whole day. There are tips for fishing, berry-picking, canoeing, and more. The Summer Activity Guide also features a section on geocaching, the fun popular activity that uses handheld GPS units to help locate hidden caches in neighborhoods and along trails. Think of it as a high-tech treasure hunt. An 8-year-old shares his love of geocaching with the Grass Stain Guru.

Start a Wildlife Habitat Garden right in your home. People are engaging in this popular project in backyards, on balconies, and any other place one might have a garden, as a way of enjoying, supporting, and learning about our ecosystem. The elements that go into a Certified Wildlife Habitat are not difficult to achieve. These include supplying local animals with water and food sources and shelter, and gardening sustainably. The National Wildlife Federation web site has easy-to-follow instructions and tips. The Grass Stain Guru also recently featured the wonders of habitat gardening.

Enjoy a Nature Outing or Program. Of course, many wonderful nature programs and activities occur in summer, in camps, nature centers, and other settings. See the C&NN Movement Map for a listing near you. Here are just a few of the many possibilities:

Have fun!


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