March. The sun is beginning to shine brighter, the temperature a bit
warmer and plants a bit greener. Winter hibernation is turning into
spring fever. There are so many things we want to do outside, but we
can't just yet. So what can we do? While I was brainstorming this same
question for my Wyck House lesson plans, I came across a Facebook post by Nature Rocks. They shared a link, "10 Ways to Explore Nature in March" by Go Explore Nature.
This awesome article shares wonderful ways families and teachers can
get their kids out of the house or classroom and into nature. It even
has printables! Don't have kids to take outside? Numbers 4, 7 and 9 can
be done by adults.
Number 8, “See local wildflowers,”
is one of my favorites that everyone can do. I especially love that
there are so many places to do this in the Philly area. My favorites are
Wissahickon Park, Wissahickon Environmental Center, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Awbury Arboretum, and the Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm.
And thats only the Northwest section of the city! What are your Philly
area favorites? What are your favorites from where you live? What do you
love to do outside in March? I hope thinking about these questions and
reading this article has you inspired to get outside and play. Even on a
rainy day, the physical and mental benefits to outdoor play for
children and grown-ups are immeasurable.
Now that you have a pre-spring to
do list, get outside and love the nature around you. Nature is as close
as your door step, no matter where you are from. Enjoy!