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The summer season brings warmer weather, longer days, and the potential for more family adventures outside. As you prepare for these nature-filled opportunities, there are some simple things you can do to ensure everyone is ready to make the most out of the journey.
Remember, while planning, it’s important to allow your children to be active participants in the process. Let them help brainstorm new ideas or interesting places they’d like to explore.
With your guidance and enthusiasm, you’ll help develop your child’s outdoor skills and foster a desire and appreciation for embracing the great outdoors.
Prepare for a Variety of Experiences
Before your next outing, set these key items aside and establish a few rules to ensure a safe and engaging experience:
All the items mentioned above can even be kept in an exploration kit in the trunk of your car. That way, you’ll always be ready, even when an unexpected adventure presents itself.
Build a True Love of Nature
Research has shown the more time children spend outdoors, the more they understand, protect, and appreciate the natural world and their environment. Encourage this to ensure your child develops a strong connection to nature.
Spending time outside also has several positive developmental benefits, including:
Outdoor adventures are an important part of building your family-community connection. These engaging experiences create unique and meaningful memories you’ll share with your children for years to come.
Enjoy the process, have fun with it, and see where your next outdoor adventure takes you!