Fall in the Northern Hemisphere often means the kind of crisp, temperate weather that is perfect for enjoying nature. A few groups are helping people find the tools and inspiration needed to do just that.
Have fun celebrating Nature Rocks Day Saturday, September 25. Download an Activity Guide to do something fun on your own, or join a group event from one of the many listed. Nature Rocks is a national program designed to inspire and empower families to play and explore in nature, to make it easy to have fun in nature and connect with others who wish to do the same.
September 25 has also been designated Public Lands Day, a day that celebrates both service and recreation on public lands while educating volunteers and encouraging a wide range of people to get outdoors and improve their lands, whether at a national park or an urban park in their own neighborhoods. Public Lands Day has been called America’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve public lands.
The Public Lands Day site lists many September 25 events that you can get involved in. Public Lands Day is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation. Partners include Outdoor Nation, Girl and Boy Scouts, Civilian Conservation Corps., National Park Service, Audubon Society, and many others.
If one day isn’t enough, consider getting involved in nature at any point over the course of a week. Take a Child Outside Week, which takes place September 24-30, is a program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. The program, an initiative of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, along with U.S. and Canadian partnering organizations, offers resources, events, and activities to help children of all ages experience and enjoy nature. Activities include Shadow Watch, Roly-Poly Homes, Moon Walk, and Spider Shine.
Whether you participate in Nature Rocks Day, Public Lands Day, Take a Child Outside Week, or any nature activity and date of your choosing, I hope you get outside this Fall, enjoy the fun and wonder of nature, and experience the kind of joy that keeps you and the children in your life returning.