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Ways to Explore and Enjoy Nature With Your Family

August 12, 2020 Jessica Lopa

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein.

Exploring nature has so many amazing benefits for adults and children. That’s why at Mommy University, we encourage our readers to get outside and explore! There are so many fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. We all know about hiking and camping, but what else can kids do to explore nature, even their own backyard. In this post, I have listed over 50 ways families can get outside and learn more about the great outdoors!

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50+ Ways to Explore and Enjoy Nature

Go Hiking

Check out a waterfall

Place kindness rocks on a trail

Visit the beach

Ocean City, NJ Beach

Build a birdhouse and watch the birds

Build a pond

Create your own hiking trail

Have a picnic

Go fishing

Fishing Balance

Play a game like hide and go seek, I Spy, or hopscotch

Visit a local garden

Volunteer for a town clean up

Learn to surf

Explore a sunflower farm


Go crabbing

Rent a jet ski

Take a peddle boat ride

Visit a state park

Hacklebarney State park

Observe weather and make a journal

Build a sandcastle

Have a BBQ

Go camping (whether it is in a tent, cabin, or RV, they all offer an amazing experience)

Sunrise at Hersheypark Camping Resort

Go swimming

Use a magnifying glass to look at plants, flowers, and even bugs

Catch fireflies

Collect leaves

Visit a farm and pick your own fruit and vegetables

Strawberry Picking at Donaldson Farms

Plant a garden

Make a game of Checkers using items found in nature

Discover the forest

Build a shelter or fort

Outdoor Shelter

Collect seashells

Make a fairy garden

Admire the night sky

Go on a backyard safari

Camping is a great time to explore nature and learn various scientific concepts!

Build a treehouse

Make mudpies

Experience a treetop adventure course

Learn how to use a compass

Check out a lavender field

Hidden Spring Lavender Farm

Learn how to make a fire (with supervision of course)

Climb a tree

Measure up: take a ruler or measuring tape outside to measure sticks, grass, flowers, bugs, etc. (kids can even chart or graph their results)

Make s’mores (make sure to get creative!)

s'mores at Hershey

Go on a color walk

Complete an ABC scavenger hunt

Skip rocks

Enjoy a kayak tour

Make art using nature

Leaf Rubbing

Enjoy a bike ride on a nature trail

Go horseback riding on the beach

Explore a zoo

Go tubing down a river

Go on a scavenger hunt

Dig and Discover Scavenger Hunt


Enjoy a whitewater rapids adventure

Go snorkeling

Swim with dolphins

Plant a tree

Visit a nature center

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Tell us your favorite ways to explore and enjoy nature and we will add it to the list!

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