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Kids Connect! Get Out There

By Christine DePetrillo
September 8, 2011
File under: Children, Plant Life

Where I live in the USA, the season of Summer is fading away. This makes me incredibly sad because Summer is my favorite time of the year. The grass is green, the trees are full, the smell of ripe peaches scents the air in my backyard, and shorts and a T-shirt are the official uniform.

Meals are eaten outside, sports are enjoyed outside, and my bare feet find their way onto the patio when I finally sit to read or write.

Soon it will be Autumn. The air will be crisper. Pumpkins will replace peaches. The trees will blaze with red, gold, and brown leaves, and jeans and sweatshirts will come out of their summer hiding spots.

The landscape will still be beautiful, but the daylight allowed for outdoor activities will shrink. Just like some animals, we humans will have the instinct to hibernate as the temperatures turn colder.

If you live in an area where the seasons change, it’s my hope that you will get outside and enjoy what remains of Summer before Autumn arrives. While you can certainly still get outdoors and do many activities in Autumn, there are some things that are best enjoyed during Summer.


Here are five activities to try before Summer leaves us:

1. Go on a butterfly hunt. Locate areas with brightly colored flowers and see how many different butterflies you can find. Use these sites to help you identify the butterflies you find.

Butterfly Conservation

Gardens With Wings


2. Visit the ocean and look for wildlife that inhabits the seashore. What adaptations make these animals able to live by the water? Use these sites to learn more about ocean wildlife.


Sea Turtles

Monterey Bay Aquarium Cams


3. Hike through the woods. This is a great way to spend a few hours. Pretend you are an explorer on the trail. What do you see? How would you describe your findings to others? What changes will happen when Summer ends?

Hiking Essentials – What to Bring on a Hike


4. Camp out in your backyard. Pitch a tent and spend the night outdoors. While you’re outside, sit quietly and listen to the lullabies of nature. What sounds do you hear that you don’t hear during the day?

Night Animal Sounds


5. Have a picnic outside. Gather some of your favorite healthy snacks, maybe even fruits and veggies you’ve picked yourself at a local farm, and have a meal with Mother Nature. Try to pack the picnic in an environmentally-friendly way so as to reduce your waste.

Environmentally-Friendly Guide to Picnics

If you have other ideas for outdoor adventures, try those too. The more time you spend outside, the healthier and happier you’ll be!

Challenge: Try all of the above activities. Leave comments to tell us about your outdoor fun.

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