Outdoor Activities to Connect Your Children to Nature

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These days, so many of us are at home with our kids; there has NEVER been a better time for us have some outdoor fun with them and help them get to know their home place and connect to nature in their own backyard. We send out a weekly newsletter with activities you can do with your kids in your own backyard. Check out our favourite activities below:

Five Minute Field Trips (Grades K-6) - This is an activity guide that is chock-a-block full of simple and fun outdoor games and activities that you can do right out your back door. We think these would work with most Alberta children: why not start with Nature Trust Walk (pg. 4), Un-Nature Trail (pg. 5), or Make-a-Park (page 12). This resource is brought to you by the Calgary Zoo, the Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and authors Sue Arlidge and Gareth Thomson.

Become a Backyard Detective (Grades 4-6) - One of the best ways to learn about nature is to get outside, be curious, and ask questions!  This activity provides some guiding questions and resources to help your kids unlock their curiosity and explore the natural world around them. Bonus Resource: Our friends at Alberta Parks have shared their Winter Ecology Tracking Booklet full of the most common critters found in the Kananaskis region!

Teaching the 4 Elements (Pre-K - Grade 1) - This guidebook written by Shelagh Pyper of Fuse Consulting is designed to connect your children to the four elements through nature play.

Numeracy and Literacy in Nature (K-3) - Four easy and fun activities to help your kids boost their interest and skills in math and language arts by having fun outside! 

Earth Day Activities (K-6) - Some of our favourite Earth Day Activities to do with your kids!