When you live in the city, it might feel tough to get out into nature. But all that screen time and playing indoors means your child is missing out on some great opportunities. Getting out into nature fills your child’s lungs with fresh air. It teaches her about science and environmental awareness. And it helps her feel more connected to the world in general. Help your child connect to nature with these activities.
Drive out of the city to a nearby natural area. That might be a state park or nature preserve. It doesn’t matter where you go as long as you’re surrounded by nature. A location with hiking trails gives you easy access to nature elements off the beaten path.
Let your child simply explore. Don’t rush her along or try to keep a certain agenda. Let her guide the trek through nature. She’ll stop where she wants to explore more and keep walking where she doesn’t. That doesn’t mean you can’t point out some interesting spots. She might miss the moss growing on the side of the tree or the eagle flying high in the sky, for example.
If you want an extended time in nature, take your child camping. She gets to sleep and live out in nature for a few days. A camping trip pulls your child away from the comforts of home — and the technology that often keeps him from exploring nature. Since the campground is full of nature, she’s bound to explore it.
Take a Class
Another way to help your child learn more about the natural world is through classes. Many state and county conservation committees host camps and classes for kids. Check out a local arboretum, nature reserve or other spot that focuses on nature. If you don’t want to sign up for a class, you can visit one of these spots as a family to learn more about nature.
What better way to connect with nature than to help out the environment? A simple way to help the environment is to clean it up. Grab some trash bags and gloves. You can go on your own or join a group who organizes a clean-up day. You can also help plant flowers or trees in your local community. Look for environmentally based service projects in your community that are suitable for your child. They can learn about nature and serving the community.
Add Nature at Home
You might live in town, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a little nature at home. If you have the space, dig up a garden in the backyard. If not, grab a few containers and plant a container garden. Your child can even grow some plants indoors if you have a spot with plenty of sunlight. Make the backyard appealing to wildlife. For example, plant a butterfly garden to attract the winged insects.