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Our Blog: July 1, 2022

Tips for Embracing Outdoor Adventures

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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:

  1. Keep sunblock and sun protection handy for impromptu trips.
  2. Pack sturdy closed-toed shoes. They’re a must for navigating all types of terrain, especially since children like to climb, wade, jump, and run.
  3. Hydrate! Drinking enough water is vital for a healthy, comfortable experience.
  4. Prepare easy-to-grab snacks or on-the-go meals. You’ll need to keep the whole family fueled with enough energy to move and explore.
  5. Before you depart, discuss simple rules and a plan to help keep stress levels low and manageable so everyone has a more enjoyable time.
  6. Bring a magnifying glass, camera, binoculars, or other tools to add to the sense of adventure.
  7. Set aside an extra change of clothes and towels in case your experience proves to be a wet or messy one.

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:

  1. Increased self-confidence as children work to overcome physical and mental challenges.
  2. The ability to identify safe boundaries while children test their limits and engage in a healthy level of risk assessment. 
  3. Additional gross motor skills development when balancing, jumping, climbing, swinging, and running.
  4. A better understanding of the world and different environments thanks to new perspectives and the encouragement of critical thinking skills.
  5. The nurturing of creativity and freedom of expression during play.
  6. Decreased stress levels while absorbing sunlight, breathing fresh air, and witnessing the beauty of their natural environment.

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!