Summer Fun—Day 4: Take a Nature Hike Near You

Today's family fun activity is to take a nature hike around your neighborhood.

A nature hike is great physical activity for the whole family, and can provide a learning experience as well.

NatureHikeAs you walk, collect leaves from a few different types of trees and identify them when you get home with the help of the Maryland At A Glance website.

Also have the kids hunt for wildflowers and identify them with the help of the state resource website.

If the kids need to be enticed to go on the walk, come up with a scavenger hunt to make it more exciting. Make a list of various items from nature the kids might find on the hike and have them check the items off as they find them. You could make this a competition or work together as a family. Items on the list could include such things as a pinecone, twig in the shape of a Y, locust shell, anthill, brown leaf etc. The items could either be collected or pictures taken to verify that the item was found.

For more family fun ideas visit our 100 Days of Summer page.

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