January Outdoor Traditions
This month, make a resolution to get outside more in 2010.
Unlike some animals, humans do not hibernate in the winter. But you might be fooled when cold weather hits. Nationwide, the hours spent on the couch reaches a record high - and breathing fresh air takes a back seat!
There’s nothing wrong with cozy winter indoor fun, but Be Out There wants to remind you of the wonders of nature to be enjoyed in the cold weather months.
First, take our online pledge to get outside with your family more in 2010. And here are some ways to make that pledge a reality right now!
Keep a moon journal:
The sun doesn’t stick around very long on winter days, so use this month to observe the moon in all its phases.
Make winter lanterns:
Using snow or ice, create a fantastical outdoor light show.
Create a bird wreath:
Keep the holiday season alive in January – and help native wildlife thrive - by making a wreath for the birds. Use acorns, berries, bird seed and other yummy food for your feathered friends.
Go on an animals home hike:
Winter, as it turns out, is the perfect time to spot animal homes – nests, tree hollows, holes in the ground. With little vegetation blocking your view, it's so much easier to see them! Visit NatureFind to find the green spaces in your neighborhood.
Get your heart pounding with flashlight tag or freeze tag.
And don’t forget to dress warmly for your outdoor adventure! For those of you in warmer climates – winter is the best time to be outside.
Share your winter stories or photos on Twitter, Flickr or Facebook.