Planning a Nature Walk for Your Kids

With these tips, your little explorer can gain an appreciation for nature and exercise, too.

Planning a Nature Walk for Your Kids

With these tips, your little explorer can gain an appreciation for nature and exercise, too.

Your kids love to spend the day outdoors, but if they haven't gotten past the usual games of tag and hide-and-seek, it's time to take them on a trip to the wilderness! There is an entire world out there just waiting to be discovered.

Many parks have trails specifically designed for nature walks. But even if you can't get to a trail, you can turn a neighborhood walk around the block into your very own nature hike. As long as you're getting out, walking around and exploring the environment, you're doing your kids – and yourself – some good.

Check out these tips for planning a nature walk that will have your kids ready to explore.

Turn It Into a Learning Experience

To get the most out of your afternoon outdoors, do a little research ahead of time. Find a park that has more than just a beaten path. Search for trails that offer a learning experience, from descriptions of plant life to the history of the land. Some parks have plaques along the trails that feature this type of information, and many parks even have clubhouses that contain learning tools inside.

There are even holidays that celebrate the hike and spirit of exploration. All over the United States, trailblazers celebrate with such festivities as hikes, educational exhibits, bike rides and inline skating.


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Safety Basics

When you're in nature's backyard, it's always smart to be prepared for the unexpected. From ticks to poison ivy, it's a good idea to educate yourself before the big day so you know what to look for – and what to stay away from.

Whether the sun is blazing or behind the clouds, make sure your crew is covered in sunscreen. Bring the bottle for reapplication later in the day.

Don't underestimate the importance of wearing proper shoes. You don't necessarily need to run out and purchase trail shoes, but you will need a pair that is both sturdy enough to make the trek and comfortable enough to keep your feet blister-free.

Carry a backpack with plenty of fluids and a few healthy snacks, as hiking can be quite a workout, and sometimes strenuous. You don't want anyone getting dehydrated or famished when you're miles from the car.

In terms of best practice, always be sure to be in a spot in which you can keep an eye on kids. Their enthusiasm actually may be even too much for them to handle and you don’t want a youngster running off somewhere when your back is turned.

And always bring a first-aid kit on hand for any unexpected emergencies.

Also, check out how to organize a walking tour to boost your child's confidence here.

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