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