Healthy, Fun and Eco-Friendly Ways to Appreciate Nature
If you’re tired of the concrete jungle and crave to feel the wind in your hair, smell the grass under your feet and feel the warm sun on your skin, it’s time to leave the city and visit nature! There are many ways you can appreciate the outdoors and each and every one of them will make you feel refreshed, happy and entertained. Here are a few ideas for your next healthy, fun and eco-friendly outing when you need a nature break.
There’s nothing better than a fun and relaxing camping trip! Just grab your gear, some supplies and warm clothes, and you’re ready to spend the night in nature. However, if you want to treat nature with respect and care, make sure to go green, leave no trace and take only pictures! Plus, you don’t even have to go far to have a nice camping experience. Oftentimes, you can find local camping grounds that are just outside of your town. And, if you have small kids, your backyard is also a good solution!
Have a scavenger hunt
A great way to enjoy nature and get some exercise outdoors is to organize a fun scavenger hunt! Mark your hiking route, make a list of things to find and get going. You can collect everything from certain tree leaves and rocks to edible berries and mushrooms. Also, put a few man-made items on the list too! It’s a great way to pick up some trash and clean the environment. All in all, scavenger hunt hikes are a great way to teach kids ecology and biology and an even better way to keep healthy and active!
Pick a clear, weekend night to go outside and experience the sky above us. In order to make things more interesting and educational, there are a few apps you can download that will help you find and identify constellations and individual stars. Also, check out a good astronomy website and mark the date of a meteor shower. If it’s happening on a clear night, you’ll get to enjoy a real spectacle that will leave you in awe! This activity is also perfectly eco-friendly, as long as you pick up after you and control your excitement levels in order not to disturb animals.
Go bird watching
If you’re craving a quiet, yet fun and educational nature outing, try bird watching! It’s a super cheap activity that requires nothing but your patience and a few pieces of gear. Make sure to get quality binoculars to see your find from the distance, without any trouble for you and disturbance for the birds. These will be with you all the time, so don’t just invest in the first pair you get your hands upon. Other things you need are a simple identification book and a notebook to record your sighting—that’s it! Besides being super fun, bird watchers can also help scientists in determining habitat, dispersal and migration habits of various local species which allows better bird protection.
Have an eco-friendly picnic
If you want to reconnect with nature, soak up some sun, enjoy fresh air and have a tasty meal in the process, organize a fun picnic! Take advantage of the first warm and sunny day, gather your friends and family and take them outdoors. However, when you’re in nature, make sure to play by nature’s rules and have a green outing. Forget about BBQs and fires and pack a pre-made meal from home and make sure to bring reusable plates, cutlery and cups to reduce waste. Also, don’t forget about bugs! Equip yourself with plenty of natural bug repellentmade with lemon, herbs, spices or essential oils for a real eco-friendly picnic!
Visit a botanical garden
If you simply don’t have the time and the means to leave the city, but want to enjoy lush greenery and fun animals, pay a visit to your local botanical garden. Many gardens have climate-controlled rooms, which means you’ll get to experience real rainforests, palm oases, desert environments, alpine flowers and even prehistoric evolution gardens! Most exhibits have little information tablets near, so you can learn while you enjoy nature!
These fun outing ideas will not only help recharge your batteries, catch some sun and breathe some fresh air, but also keep you fit, healthy and strong. Plus, you’ll be able to do all of this without hurting the environment!