How to Practice Fishing Skills in Your Own Backyard (No Water Needed!)

Are your kids fascinated by fish?

Looking for a fun, outdoor adventure that includes life lessons?

Plan a fishing trip with your kids. But first, help them hone their skills, right from home.

In this article I’ll show you some fun ways to practice fishing skills with your kids before you ever head to the water.

Want to teach kids to fish? Plan a family fishing trip. But first, help them learn fishing skills right from home with 4 fun ways to practice, no water needed.

Why Practice for a Fishing Trip?

Fishing is a fun activity everyone in the family will enjoy. It instills useful life skills, while showing your kids that patience pays off. And not much can top the feeling of catching your very first fish!

Anyone can fish. It just takes patience, practice and preparation.

If you help your children get comfortable with baiting a hook, casting a line and handling a fish before you head out to the water, they’ll be confident fisher-kids before you hit the shore.

Get your kids excited about fishing with these fun practice games. Then take them for the real thing.

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How to Have a Rock and Mineral Treasure Hunt With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by rocks?

Want to get them outside and excited about nature?

Then take your kids sifting for gemstones.

First, you’ll make a gem sifter. Then enjoy the thrill of discovering rocks in nature and exploring basic geology. It’ll be a rock-solid experience you’re sure to remember.

In this article I’ll show you and the rockhounds in your family how to have an exciting mining adventure.

Do your kids love rocks? Discover their inner rockhounds with a rock and mineral treasure hunt. Make a sifter, salt the mine, and dig for nature's treasures.

Why Go Rockhounding?

Rockhounding, also known as amateur geology, is an excellent way to get your kids excited to explore outside.

Go on a hike and collect rocks along the way. Or sift through the grit and sand of mines to discover treasures.

Identify the gems and minerals you find. Display your treasure or make a rock garden to remember the experience.

If you don’t have gems that occur naturally in your neighborhood, don’t worry. There’s a workaround you can use to make it a successful adventure for all the rockhounds in your family.

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How to Make a Rock Garden With Your Kids

Are your kids fascinated by rocks?

Want a cool outdoor project that helps your kids express their creativity?

Create a rock and mineral garden to draw out the inner rockhounds in your family.

In this article I’ll show you how to collect rocks and minerals with your kids and create a beautiful rock garden together.

Enjoy the thrill of the hunt for rocks and minerals, spend time outdoors together, learn about geology, and create a beautiful rock garden.

Why Build a Rock and Mineral Garden?

A rock garden is essentially a pile of rocks and minerals that you arrange in a beautiful or interesting manner.

When you build a rock and mineral garden with your kids, you’ll enjoy the thrill of the hunt; spend some fun time outdoors together; learn about geology, biology and relationships between rocks and minerals; and create something beautiful that comes from nature. There’s something for everyone.

The process of discovery itself will help adventure-seekers develop a love of science, while giving everyone a reason to focus on the world at their feet, from fungus to ferns to furry caterpillars.

There will be opportunities to throw rocks around too. Just be careful where you toss them!

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6 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Hiking

Looking for ways to get your kids outside and more active?

Do you enjoy walking through the woods and exploring the great outdoors?

If you’ve ever tried hiking with your kids and wondered why they aren’t as enthused about it as you are, keep reading.

In this article I’ll share six ways to get your kids excited about hiking so your family can enjoy the great outdoors together.

Follow these 6 easy tips to get kids excited about hiking in the great outdoors and to ensure your next family hike is lots of fun for everyone.

Why Go Hiking With Your Kids?

Hiking is an excellent way to connect with your family. There’s a lot to talk about while you explore the wilderness—not just the great outdoors and the things you see. It’s the perfect time to ask your kids about school, friends and their lives in general.

Plus, hiking is a great way to get some exercise and unplug from electronics that tend to rule our lives.

But sometimes it can be quite a challenge to encourage kids to pull on some hiking boots and hit your favorite hiking trail.

I’m here to help.

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How to Fish: Teach Your Kids Fishing in 9 Easy Steps

Do you love natural settings in the great outdoors?

Want to teach your children to appreciate nature (even if you live in the city)?

Grab a pole and some bait, head to the water and take them fishing!

In this article, I’ll show you how to teach your kids how to fish, even if you’ve never done it yourself.

Grab a pole and some bait, head to the water and teach your kids how to fish, even if you've never done it yourself.

We’ll focus on fishing for catfish, but the concepts can be applied to whatever fish are prevalent in your part of the world.

Why Go Fishing With Your Kids?

Fishing is one of humankind’s oldest pastimes. It’s easy to learn, easy to teach your children and doesn’t have to involve lots of expensive equipment. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids about aquatic ecosystems in a way that builds great memories.

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How to Make Toffee With Maple Syrup, Snow and Your Kids

Ever wonder how that maple syrup got to your breakfast table?

Do your kids love sweet treats?

Does your family like music, dancing, good food and great company?

Wherever you live, you can have a sugar shack adventure and bring the traditions of the sugaring off season to your table.

Sugaring off, which usually happens in March, is the time of year when sugar maple trees are tapped for their slightly sweet sap. This sap is then boiled down and transformed into maple syrup. This is the good stuff—none of that corn syrup and water!

And in maple country, it’s much more than that. In this article I’ll show you how to bring to life the best of the sugaring off season, whether you live in Quebec (where 75% of the world’s maple syrup is produced) or amid palm trees in southern California or anywhere in between!

Discover how to harvest maple syrup, make maple taffy in your own kitchen and experience Quebec's sugaring off season from wherever you live.

Why Have a Sugar Shack Adventure?

A sugar shack adventure, commonly known as sugaring off, is a wonderful way to say goodbye to the last days of winter and watch as the world starts gearing up for spring. Sugaring off season is the perfect time to take a walk with your family through the forest and discover various natural processes in the world around us.

It’s also a great time to discuss the seasons with your kids and share with them all of the gifts that nature has to offer. Maple syrup is one of those gifts—a natural, pure and unprocessed substitute for sugar.

In sugar maple country, this is also a time to get together with friends and family to celebrate.

A party to celebrate and enjoy sugar? How cool is that?

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How to Have a Backyard Birdwatching Adventure With Your Kids

Do you remember spending hours outside exploring as a kid?

Looking for a way to share some of that fun with your own children?

Birdwatching is a great way to get the family out of the house and into nature.

In this article, I’ll show you how to have a birdwatching adventure with your kids from your own backyard and I’ll share a few projects and activities to make the experience last long after the birds have flown away.

Discover how to have a birdwatching adventure with your kids from your own backyard and how to make the experience last long after the birds have flown away.

Why Go Birdwatching?

Birdwatching will open up worlds to your kids that they never knew existed.

Exploring the great outdoors through birdwatching—even if it’s as close as your own backyard—gives you an opportunity to talk to your kids about how they see the world around them and what it means to them.

It gives your child a chance to discover and connect with the natural world.

Plus, it’s a fun way for your family to spend some time together outside.

Read on for ways to get the kids off the couch and into the great outdoors, loving their new feathered friends.

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12 Ways to Help Your Kids Break Free From Electronics and Get Outside

Do your kids spend too much time indoors playing with electronic devices?

Are you wondering how to get them outside to experience the wonders of nature?

If so, you’re not alone.

Children (and the rest of us) are enamored with our electronic gadgets. We have been sold a bill of goods about the value of having a digital life.

In this article I’ll reveal a dozen ideas I gleaned from Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, which champions a better way for kids to live—with nature.

Read the review of Last Child in the Woods (by Richard Louv) and discover 12 ways to get your kids off their electronics and into the great outdoors.

Why Nature?

In a 2010 study, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average young American (ages 8-18) spends practically every waking minute—except for time in school—using a smartphone, computer, television or other electronic device.

Sadly, the quality of life isn’t measured by how many Facebook friends we have, or how well our kids play Wii games or how many songs they have on their iPod. One way to measure is by what we have lost or traded.

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How to Hide a Geocache With Your Kids

Does your family love the thrill of electronic treasure hunts known as geocaching?

Want to create an outdoor adventure that other families can enjoy too?

Take your fun to the next level and hide a geocache with your kids.

With nothing more than a smartphone and a few items from around the house, you and your kids can hide a geocache for other families to enjoy.

In this article I’ll show you how easy it is to hide a geocache and share the adventure for months to come.

Hide a geocache and introduce other families to your favorite places, show your kids the value of giving back and create an outdoor adventure.

Why Hide a Geocache?

Have you introduced your family to the adventure of geocaching?

Geocaching is a hunt for hidden treasure using a GPS (or GPS-enabled phone). There are over 2.2 million geocaches hidden all over the world, ready for you to find. You simply log onto Geocaching.com to find the coordinates of a cache in your area, head outside and follow your phone to find the hidden treasure. Once found, you sign the logbook, trade one of the treasures found inside with something you brought to share and hide the cache container back in its place for the next treasure hunter.

It’s a lot of fun to find a geocache, but it can be even more fun to hide one.

Hiding a cache is a way to share your outdoor adventures with other families. And a cache hidden by kids for kids is extra-special—it creates more fun and adventures for everyone.

Hiding a cache will introduce other families to your favorite places, show your kids the value of giving back and create an outdoor adventure for other families with young kids.

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How to Have an Outdoor Leaf Scavenger Hunt With Your Kids

Do your kids like to explore and discover new things?

Looking for a fun outdoor activity that’s perfect for a cool, crisp autumn day?

Here’s something new to do with a favorite fall novelty: Take your family on a leaf-hunting expedition and get an up-close look at some of nature’s wonders.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a fall foliage scavenger hunt that will keep your kids engaged and entertained as they explore the world around them.

Learn how to create a fall foliage leaf scavenger hunt that will keep your kids engaged and entertained as they explore the world around them.

Why Go on a Leaf-Hunting Expedition?

Fall leaves are pretty cool. They crunch underfoot and amaze us with their transforming colors.

They’re gorgeous. They’re interesting. They smell good. They’re only around for a short while.

They’re one of nature’s many wonders and there’s so much more to them than jumping into a pile! As satisfying as that big, explosive “crunch” can be, it’s also great fun to help your kids slow down once in a while and notice how special autumn leaves are by going on a leaf scavenger hunt.

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