In this post I will share 4 reasons to incorporate nature hikes into your homeschool week.
Learn About Local Plant And Animal Life:
Nature Hikes are a great way to teach your children about the plants and trees that grow in your area. Check your local library or used book stores for a local plant ID book or just do a little online research and learn to identify local plant life. Many wild plants have nutritional and/or medicinal value and some are poisonous so being able to identify them is a great life skill to have.
Bring your binoculars and watch for birds, insects, and other animals you might see on your hike. Then go home and do a little research and try to identify the species you saw.
Learn About Geology:
One of my kids favorite things to do on our nature hikes is collect rocks that they find and then take them home to identify. Learn to make you own rock and mineral identification kit here.
There are often other neat geologic features to see while hiking, like places that have been eroded by rain or flowing water, lava caps, etc... Read about a recent geology hike my family took here.
Connect With Nature:
Spending time in nature can help children develop respect for our planet and it's delicate ecosystems. Spending time in nature can also reduce stress levels and help maintain healthy circadian rhythms.
My daughter's like to do an occasional "clean up hike" where we pick a trail and bring garbage bags and pick up any garbage we see. I think this is an especially great way to help develop respect for our planet.
Get Some Exercise:
Nature hikes are a fun way to add some activity to your week plus they can count for P.E. time for those of us who have to log P.E. hours.
Many kids spend far to much time doing sedentary indoor activities these days. Nature hikes are a great way to get your kids outdoors and being active.
If you enjoyed this post, check out:
-Backyard Nature Activities For Kids
-DIY Kid Safe Bug Repellant
-Our Geology Hike
-Make Your Own Mineral Identification Kit
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