Looking for more creative things to do outdoors? Below is a LONG list of outdoor activities.
Courtesy of the Four Winds Nature Institute in nearby Chittenden, VT!
- Pull out the picnic blanket and do some cloudspotting.
Bring out your watercolors and paint the sky.
- Tag a tree and photograph a branch daily as the buds burst. Hold a white piece of cardboard behind the twig to get a close-up photograph.
Use a key to identify your tree: https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/leaf/Documents/LEAFWinterTreeIDKey.pdf
- Write haiku on slips of paper and hang on a favorite tree in celebration of the Spring Equinox!
Some help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiku_in_English
- Fingerpaint with mud! Hang the artwork up outside using clothesline and clothes pins.
- Create a musical sound station in your yard with sap buckets, metal spoons, varying lengths and diameters of sticks, and more!
- Build a stick fort big enough for the whole family to fit in! (Or maybe just for a teddy bear.)
- Put on your mud boots and follow a nearby riverbank upstream as far as you can. Watch your footing as the water is cold!
- Bring out the measuring tape, compass, clipboards and pencils and create a map of your yard or nearby park.
- On a sunny day, mark a spot to stand, and draw your shadows in chalk on the sidewalk every hour and watch them move.
- Put on your puddle boots and wade into a nearby stream to see what critters are living under the rocks!
- Gather some rocks and sticks and make sundials. https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Sundial
- On April 1st, bring in some freshly cut twigs with buds at the ends, put them in water and watch which ones open first.
- Stir up some craft dough and collect winter weeds to make miniature bouquets.
(You can find a craft dough recipe here: https://nearbynature.fwni.org/2018/10/24/stayingwarm-
- Go on a walk in the coniferous woods specifically to collect a variety of cones. Later you can use these to create cone critters with glue and googly eyes and funny little felt hats.
- Shape walnut-sized pieces of bees wax or modeling clay into miniature woodland critters. Find a mossy rock home for them.
- Take a night time walk and listen for owls, spring peepers, wood frogs and more.
- Build a bee hotel: https://www.foxleas.com/make-a-bee-hotel.asp
- Raining outside? Put on your raincoats and rainboots and sit quiety watching the raindrops hit the puddles and the soil.
- Look for the moon each night and create your own moon chart out of white paper circles cut to shape and glued onto a background of black roll paper.
- Peel some crayons and do some tree bark rubbings.
- Start some sunflower seeds for a sunflower fort this summer.
- Create big and small stick stars to hang in your yard!
- Pretend you are a wild animal! Have each member of your family choose a different New England wild animal to be for an outing in your nearby woods. What would a deer be
doing? A bobcat? A white-footed mouse?
- Challenge your family to a birdwatching contest! Can you find 20 different species in your neighborhood?
- Visit a nearby pond. How good is your aim? Toss a piece of driftwood into a nearby pond and then the game is to hit the stick with a rock.
- Play tag in a nearby woods, park or your yard. Make up your own rules to the game!
- Lie on your bellies on the newly emerging grass and imagine life as an earthworm.
- Go on a muddy hike to look for animal tracks!
- Create a nice long whole family list of Signs of Spring!
- Take photos of your family in nature and tag Four Winds and BPRW in your social media: #btvparks, #fwni, #nearbynature, #thenatureprogram, #fourwinds