10 Tips for Taking a Nature Walk in Your Backyard


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Make It Fun
Make a nature walk fun by challenging your kids to a contest: First to photograph a grasshopper wins!
Make a nature walk fun by challenging your kids to a contest: First to photograph a grasshopper wins!
Photo courtesy NPS.gov

If you're pitching a nature walk over a day at the beach or playing video games, you'd better have more to offer than education. A nature walk can and should be fun. That's the best part.

"Fun" can mean almost anything. Perhaps it's a contest or competition, like a nature scavenger hunt, or a prize for the first one to get a picture of a grasshopper or to identify the weeds along the fence. It could simply mean getting dirty, digging for worms or for a certain type of rock. It could be picking bunches of flowers to bring to school for show-and-tell, or for the dinner table.

Another thing to consider is taking the nature walk to another level. Projects like journals, scrapbooks and photo albums can turn a couple of hours of fun into long-term fun -- and that brings us to one of the best nature-walk tips: Make it last.

Here's how…

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