October 20, 2017

Get Outside: 5 Books to Explore Nature as a Family

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I’ll be honest with you. I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl. I had a great time taking my girls hiking over the weekend, but I’ve yet to go on a family camping trip, I don’t own a fishing pole and canoeing is not my idea of a perfect day. I wouldn’t say I’m a “city girl” but central air conditioning does have a special place in my heart.

I like to get my kids outside when I can, but because I’m more city mouse than country mouse, I don’t always know what to do when I get outside. So I was excited to stumble across a few books recently that may help me bring my family closer to nature. Take a look.

Outdoors with Kids Boston: 100 Fun Places to Explore In and Around the City: Released just last month, this great book highlights all the hiking, biking and paddling you can do in and around Boston. Even better, each destination has a Plan B in case unpredictable weather (or children) call for a change of plans.

Outdoors with Kids New York City: 100 Fun Places to Explore In and Around the City: Also released in April, this book provides all the information parents need to plan day trips and outings, making it easy to get out of the city and spend a day in parks, playgrounds and natural habitats in the city’s five boroughs, Long Island, the Catskills, Hudson Valley and New Jersey.

Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids: I love this book because it shares lots of creative ways for busy parents to give their kids much-needed time outdoors. Start a nature journal, plant a small garden, take a walk along a small creek. So much to do in just 15 minutes.

The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: This book is definitely for me. I’ve been camping before – about 15 years ago – and am eager to ensure my kids also have a camping experience. This book has all the tips and tools needed to plan the perfect family camping adventure, and also includes games, activities and art projects for more outdoor family bonding.

The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms: If you’re eager to explore with your kids just what’s going on outside the house, then this book is for you. It’s full of great ideas for what to look for and what to do each month of the year. Plus, since it’s a workbook, it also includes plenty of room to write down your findings.

Do you have any favorite books or activities that you like to reference to help you and your kids explore nature together? Let me know in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: This post contains a link to an affiliate. However, the views and opinions expressed in this blog post are purely mine.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

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