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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?
C – Camera Scavenger Hunt
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.
D – Dig for Dino Bones
Create an archeological dig in your Certified Wildlife Habitat with pretend dinosaur bones.
E – Explore Sand, Silt and Clay
Try this experiment to learn about the different kinds of soil in your Certified Wildlife Habitat.
F – Freeze Frosty Ornaments
If you mix vegetation with some yummy treats for wildlife, you might see a squirrel nibbling on your ornament.
G – Garden for a Birthday
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.
M – Mystery Bag Nature Game
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.
Q – Quest for Conifers
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.
S – Sit-Upon from Recycled Packaging
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.
V – Vacation Photos Decorated
Enhance a photo frame with twigs or other small items from your Certified Wildlife Habitat.
W – Window Sun Catchers
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.
X – X Marks the Spot in our Rock Tic Tac Toe Game
Gather some flat rocks from your Certified Wildlife Habitat and make a tic tac toe or checkers game with paint.
Y – Yellow Paper Daffodil Wind Sock
Make a pretty craft in the spring while learning about spring breezes.
Z – Zap Away Rainy Day Blues by Racing Corks
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.