Exploring nature with kids doesn’t have to mean hitting the trail, heading to the mountains or going camping (though those are all fine ideas). Connecting with nature is as easy as heading out the back door.
I hope this blog will give you some ideas to make exploring nature simple and fun.
Since starting this blog, I’ve amassed more than 100 posts featuring ways to explore nature right in your own backyard.
Click on any of the categories below for a complete list of posts; I’ve featured the top three reader favorites in each category here. Happy exploring!
Neighborhood and backyard gardens, flowers and trees are a great place to connect with nature.
Give a Kid a Camera
The monthly Give A Kid a Camera blogger link-up features photos of nature taken by children.
The holidays are the perfect time for families to come together, get outside and into nature.
I like making lists. All kinds of lists. Which is a good thing, because they seem to be pretty popular around here.
- 50 Ways to Explore Nature in Your Own Backyard
- 32 Ideas for Spring Backyard Nature Fun
- Your A-to-Z Guide to Summer Backyard Nature Fun
One part magic, one part imagination, this is where nature and imaginative play come together.
I make no claims to be crafty, but The Big Explorer is a huge fan of crafts, so I do my best.
Nighttime Nature Activities
Sometimes it’s fun to explore nature when the sun goes down. Here’s what we’ve tried.
Rainy Day Fun
Wondering what to do when it’s pouring outside? Glad you asked!
Scavenger Hunts and Nature Walks
Here you’ll find plenty of ways to turn an everyday walk around your backyard, neighborhood or local park into an adventure in nature.
It doesn’t take a lot for kids to have hours of fun outside. A little dirt, a little sand, a little water – and your permission to get dirty.
Admittedly, we have little experience in this area. But once in a while we do see the white stuff.
Short on time? Sometimes connecting with nature is as simple as taking a look up.
Even our urban backyard is teeming with wildlife – birds, bugs and more.