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Busy As A Bee, But Are You Outdoors?

Date: 25-Jun-12

Nature activities © Jess McCallum

As the weather cools down, it's even easier to get outside, catch some sweet winter sun, and get into nature. We've put together a great list of activity ideas for you, your friends and family. If you have any favourite outdoor activities you'd like to share, please post a photo or a comment on our Planet Ark Facebook page.

  1. Try a night walk. Bring flashlights for fun and safety, but be sure to turn them off sometimes for listening to the sounds of nature and for stargazing.
  2. Go on a nature walk. Smell flowers or hug a tree. Look for animal footprints. Watch insects. But remember, soaking up the smells, sounds and sights is sufficient, and leave only footprints behind.
  3. Plant a native tree. Take responsibility for your tree or shrub. Care for it, and you'll reap the satisfaction in the months and years to come.
  4. Grow a herb garden. This could be in a window box, or in vegetable patch if you have the outdoor space. Choose plants that you will eat and enjoy, and especially those that develop before your eyes. For example, herbs are generally quick to mature, and bush tomatoes change colour as they grow.
  5. Take your camera out. Photograph areas of nature where you think animals might live, whether it's in your backyard, on a nature strip, or at a nearby park. Take pictures of trees, leaves and grasses and see if you can name the plants/animals when you get home. Share them with your friends, or update our Facebook page with your pics!
  6. Go on an adventure bike ride. Remember your cycling safety, and simply enjoy riding in the fresh air.
  7. Go on a picnic. Pencil in your diary, or on the family calendar, one day to venture out into nature. You could picnic at your local park, beach, river or even just in the back garden.
  8. Spend time in the garden. If you do have a garden space, spend some time raking leaves and pulling weeds. It's quite therapeutic if you give it a try, and great exercise too. Don't have a garden? Find out if you have a local community garden.
  9. Take an indoor activity outdoors. This can be as simple as reading your book or the newspaper, or making a phone call from your mobile.
  10. Set yourself an outdoor time challenge. Set aside designated time each day to be outdoors. Start small and increase your time as you realise how easy it can be. Just as you schedule time for teeth cleaning and showering, nature time should be right up there.
  11. Visit a local lookout, hill or mountain. See the world from a different view. If it's safe, roll down the hill. Bring out your inner child!
  12. Watch the sunrise or the sunset. Find a natural environment to watch the sunset. If you aren't by the sea or a river, you could watch the sun rise or fall behind a tree in the local park. 
  13. Go camping. Set a date to go camping with your friends or family. There are great options for hiring camping gear if you don't have your own.
  14. Look for shapes in the clouds. Sit down and create a story. As the clouds change, the story will evolve.
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