It’s that time again – time to reflect back on the year that’s passed and prepare to welcome in the next.
Before all the fun and fanfare that’s headed your way here in 2012 begins, let’s take a look back at some of this blog’s biggest hits of 2011.
These are the top 10 most popular posts of the year, plus a few of my own favorites.
10. Oxnard Beach Park: Perfect for a Nature Treasure Hunt
Why it’s worth a read: If you’re looking for a park adjacent to the beach, this place is spot on. It’s ideal for flying kites, pretending to be pirates and hunting for treasure.
If you like this, I also recommend: 15 Ways to Connect With Nature at the Park
9. 10 Ideas for Getting Outside on Rainy Days
Why it’s worth a read: Need some inspiration to get outside when it’s pouring? Look no further!
If you like this, I also recommend: Fun Friday: Rain Art
8. How to Tour Tide Pools With Kids
Why it’s worth a read: Find out when to go, what to bring, what to wear, plus what exactly to do with the kids once you get to the tide pools.
If you like this, I also recommend: How to Make Drip Castles With Kids
7. Go Bug Hunting With Kids
Why it’s worth a read: Get squeamish at the thought of touching a worm? No worries! Your kids will love ’em if you let ’em. Here’s how.
If you like this, I also recommend: Fun Friday: Backyard Bug Hunt
6. 9 Tips for Bird Watching With Kids
Why it’s worth a read: Bird watching is something you can do just about anytime, anywhere. It’s an easy way to connect with nature every day.
If you like this, I also recommend: Fun Friday: Bird Watching Scavenger Hunt
5. Your A-to-Z Guide to Summer Backyard Nature Fun
Why it’s worth a read: Don’t let the title fool you – this post is chock full of ideas for connecting with nature no matter what the season.
If you like this, I also recommend: Fun Friday: Chase Butterflies
4. 10 Christmas Nature Activities for Kids
Why it’s worth a read: The holiday season is drawing to a close, but this one may just be worth earmarking for next year.
If you like this, I also recommend: 5 Ways to Decorate With Nature During the Holidays
3. 32 Ideas for Spring Backyard Nature Fun
Why it’s worth a read: Get inspired to explore nature this spring. You might even find a few ideas you can put into practice right now.
If you like this, I also recommend: 30 Ideas for Winter Backyard Nature Fun
2. Exploring Tide Pools at Leo Carrillo State Park
Why it’s worth a read: This is one of the best spots to go tide pooling in the Los Angeles area. The beach isn’t too bad, either.
If you like this, I also recommend: A Kid’s Take on Camping at Leo Carrillo State Park
1. Fun Friday: Create a Fairy Garden
Why it’s worth a read: Imaginative play in nature is magical. Especially when your fairy village has a parking spot and a pool.
If you like this, I also recommend: Fun Friday: Build a Fairy House
Plus 3 More of My Favorite Posts from 2011
These might not have made the top 10, but they’re favorites of mine:
An Insider’s Guide to Exploring Yosemite National Park With Kids
When it comes to spending time in Yosemite with kids, I’d like to think I’ve got you covered. If you read one post before you plan your next trip to the park, this should be it.
Finding Time in Your Day for 15 Minutes Outside
My biggest hurdle to getting outside every day is lack of time. This post offers up some practical ideas for doing just that.
Your Favorite Places to Explore Nature in the U.S. (& Beyond)
A great collection of places to explore nature around the U.S. created by fellow travel and nature bloggers.
Big thanks to all of you who continue to read and support this endeavor. It is a joy to know you’re out there. I look forward to many new and exciting adventures in the year ahead.
Best to you and your family as you welcome in 2012. Happy exploring!