Your New Year’s Resolution To Get Outside More – 26 Ideas from A-Z
Here’s a resolution that can help you lose weight, connect more with your kids or grandkids, and feel more at peace. You can do this – just get outside for a new activity every two weeks.
It’s the perfect way to enjoy your National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife-friendly garden this year. (Your garden isn’t certified yet? Start the year off right by certifying it now.)
A – Animal Homes
How many different animals have created a home in your Certified Wildlife Habitat? Our worksheets can prompt your family to look a little closer.
B – Bugs at Night
Set up a lamp outside near a white sheet, and see who comes to visit. How many different species of insects frequent your Certified Wildlife Habitat? How does it change as the seasons change?
Make a list of items in your Certified Wildlife Habitat. For smaller children who can’t read yet, you might need to draw little sketches of these items. Then let them have a camera and ask them to find everything with their camera.
Create an archeological dig in your Certified Wildlife Habitat with pretend dinosaur bones.
Try this experiment to learn about the different kinds of soil in your Certified Wildlife Habitat.
If you mix vegetation with some yummy treats for wildlife, you might see a squirrel nibbling on your ornament.
For someone’s birthday, plant a mini-garden with seasonally appropriate colorful blooms. Make a sign to celebrate their birthday.
H – Homework Outside
Create a homework station outside to help students get some green time while studying.
I – Ice Cube Games
Make multi-colored ice cubes with juice crystals or food coloring and play these games to cool off on a hot day.
J – Journal the Moon
Spend time in your Certified Wildlife Habitat at night. You more likely to see wildlife, and you can also watch the phases of the moon. Imagine a family tradition where you step outside at night once a month for the full moon.
K – Kite Flying
You might need to venture beyond your Certified Wildlife Habitat if you have a smaller area. Flying a kite at an ocean beach can be great for beginners due to the consistent wind off the waves.
L – Leaf Boats
Learn how to fold a leaf into a boat shape and you have an instant outdoor-friendly toy for your water feature.
Find items in your Certified Wildlife Habitat and put them in a fabric bag. Then take turns reaching into the bag to guess what is inside.
N – Nature Notebook
Make a simple notebook and draw items in your Certified Wildlife Habitat. You could draw the same plant through the seasons to see how it changes.
O – One Yard Grid
Mark out a one yard square in your Certified Wildlife Habitat and count what you find.
P – Pitfall Trap
Make this simple “trap” for a few nights in your Certified Wildlife Habitat to see which creatures live along the soil.
Twist-ties hold sprigs of conifer on this handy-dandy chart that you can use to show which conifers are in your Certified Wildlife Habitat.
R – Race Sticks
On a hot day, you would be surprised how much fun you can get from racing some sticks in a stream. Decorate them with bright colors so they stand out as they float along.
To sit peacefully in your Certified Wildlife Habitat, you could make this cute “sit-upon” from dried fruit or juice pouches. It keeps your seat dry and is light enough to carry around as you explore.
T – Tracking Skills
With some orange peels, making a simple tracking game in your Certified Wildlife Habitat.
U – Unusual Trees
As a family, keep a list of any unusual trees in your Certified Wildlife Habitat or in your neighborhood. My family has given these trees names and personalities.
Enhance a photo frame with twigs or other small items from your Certified Wildlife Habitat.
Take petals from flowers in your Certified Wildlife Habitat and put them up as sun-catchers in your windows. It’s a great way to warn birds away from hitting windows as well.
Gather some flat rocks from your Certified Wildlife Habitat and make a tic tac toe or checkers game with paint.
Make a pretty craft in the spring while learning about spring breezes.
Find a slight hill on a paved surface near your Certified Wildlife Habitat and set up a race for wine corks.
Bonus: Garden for Wildlife
Become a Wildlife Gardener with National Wildlife Federation. It’s free and you’ll get great wildlife gardening tips and learn how to certify your garden as an official habitat.