Start your own nature day

family outdoor play ideas

There are lots of ways for you to have family fun outdoors but what about joining up with other families to explore and connect with nature? How would you go about it?

Children & Nature Network has great resources that can help you start your own Nature Day or Nature Club to get groups of people together exploring nature. 

"Nature Clubs for Families is a great way to get started, get
involved, and get the benefits of time in nature. Nature is all around us. It abounds in rural settings and wilderness, but

it’s even available where we may least expect to find it—
from backyards, city neighborhoods, and rooftop gardens
to suburban parks and walking trails."

Children & Nature Network have suggestions and checklists, including destination checklist, participant checklist, inspiration and tips including invitations, flyers and letters, all in their free tool kit brochure (pdf) Nature Clubs for Families.

Finding Myself Young 52 Weeks of Memories


Happiness is simple: go fly a kite

children flying a kite

Here at 52 ways to explore we like the simple everyday things that you can do to get outdoors with your family like gardening, going for a picnic and flying a kite but some ideas may take some more thought and planning so please have a look around the site to get some ideas that you might like.

See the how, why, where and when of flying a kite
Parachute games
Collect a rainbow
Rock collecting


Climb the mountains

Plitvice Park public domain image
Plitvice Park
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. ~ John Muir.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It is famous for its 16 cascading lakes.

National Parks
Just 2 of the cascading lakes

 Are you lucky enough to have a beautiful National Park near you? Have you visited some of the world's parks? I would love to hear your suggestions here...

Get more inspiration for National Park exploration on this site at Find a Forest.


It's all about getting outdoors

This site has ideas for the natural explorer in all of us. The activities and resources I have chosen are for families and teachers to engage with the great outdoors. There are lots of different ideas so that they may appeal to all kinds of explorers. I hope you find some that you will enjoy.

In each idea there are links to help you implement and extend the activities including practical and story books, the theory behind the idea.

So what are some of the ways to explore?

Learning for Life


The night sky

"Two things inspire me to awe -- the starry heavens above and the moral universe within."  Albert Einstein.

What happens to a child who has never ever seen the stars shining in the night sky? 

See a simple activity you can do as a family to view the awe inspiring stars and get ideas for budding astrologists.

This image was catalogued by Hubble Space Telescope Institute of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Penetrating 25,000 light-years of obscuring dust and myriad stars, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has provided the clearest view yet of one of the largest young clusters of stars inside our Milky Way galaxy, located less than 100 light-years from the very center of the Galaxy.


Ice fishing

These two young men show off their catch of the day during one of the local ice fishing contests.



Two kayaks glide across the completely calm water of an open mangrove creek in Curry Hammock State Park, on the Florida Keys Scenic Highway at Little Crawl Key.

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