Summer Fun Activities

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Looking for some ways to unplug and spend time outside this summer? Here are some ideas for outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy!

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Plant a garden! Now that it’s warm, it’s the perfect time to get your hands a little dirty and plant some native species! Plant vegetables or see what kind of pollinators you can attract with different flowers.


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Have a picnic. Pack up a lunch and head to your local nature park or a nearby green space.


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Go on a treasure hunt. Visit this informational packet for a printable “nature treasure hunt” list.


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Make a bird feeder
. Have old toilet paper roles? Paste on peanut butter, top with bird seed, then hang your new bird feeder outside near a window!


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Take pictures of nature.
Go outside and observe your surroundings. Does anything stand out to you or catch your eye?


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Watch the clouds. What shapes do you see? Do any of them look like your favorite animal? Create a story about the clouds and their shapes!


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Watch the wind! Use a kite or a pinwheel to watch the wind patterns. Notice what direction it’s blowing and when it dies down.


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Engage your senses
. What do you hear? What do you smell? What can you touch?


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Build an outdoor fort.
Make a backyard fort and grab a book - or two - to read! Check out this list of books that have inspired conservation leaders for ideas.

 

If you try any of these activities, take a picture and then share it with us on Facebook @ChildrenofIndianaNaturePark. Tell us how your family enjoyed the activities.