Spring is all about rebirth and renewal. Deciduous trees are leafing out, and you can take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather with these events:
- Guided nature walk -- You may walk past that big old tree every day and not know much about it. Is it an oak, a maple or something else? A nature walk hosted by a trained guide can answer that question and lots of others. If you've ever contemplated the pedigree of all those weeds growing in your lawn, you'll understand how a nature walk can be enlightening and entertaining. The only other thing you need beyond the educated guide is a picturesque route. Check with your local park service or cooperative extension office for publications and information about the flora and fauna in your area.
- Easter egg hunt -- Easter egg hunts are fun and festive any time from the middle of March up until Easter. Hosting one at a local park will be easy if the weather cooperates. Contact the park service in your area to obtain the proper permissions, and scope out the best area in which to hide eggs. You can use colored eggs or other objects in the hunt. You can even designate special colored or numbered eggs as prize winners for gift giveaways and increase the excitement level of the whole affair. Make a day of it by holding a picnic and decorating your site with streamers and balloons.
- Neighborhood garage sale -- Everyone knows about spring cleaning. It's the time you dust the tops of the kitchen cabinets and start worrying about the dust bunnies under the couch. If one of your spring cleaning tasks is to get rid of the clutter in your garage, you're not alone. Make the most of your gently used discards by holding a garage sale, and ask your neighbors to join in. There's power in numbers. The bigger the sale, the more people are likely to strap on their walking shoes and attend.