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Can’t make it to the Grater Woods? Having your children spend time in your backyard is a great start.


Have your children try some of the activities listed below to help them become connected to and curious about nature:


Sit quietly outside and listen to the sounds around you. Try to see and identify the birds that are making the noises. If you have binoculars bring them outside with you. They can make identification easier.


Spring is the perfect time to join Wildlife Watch, an online monitoring program that allows you to share your wildlife experiences with others and helps the National Wildlife Federation  track plants and animals nationwide. Visit www.nwf.org/wildlifewatch for details. For additional ideas, click the “Outside in Nature” tab at the top of the page. 


Place a blanket on the ground, lie down on it and look at the clouds. Do the clouds remind you of anything? Animals? Shapes? If they’re moving quickly, try to guess which one will move out of sight first.


Notice the trees, flowers and shrubs growing in your yard. Can you identify them?

Do any animals call these plants home? Do any use these plants for food?


Plant something or surprise someone with a gift of a young tree, an outdoor plant, seeds or bulbs and help plant them. It’s a gift that will keep on giving.


Set up a tent in the backyard and camp out. Nature looks, smells and feels different

under a canopy of stars. Can you identify different constellations? Planets?


Do you prefer daytime activities? Have a picnic. Toast some marshmallows. Make smores. The possibilities are endless!


Peer under rocks, logs and damp leaves. There is another world for you to explore.

A magnifying glass may help you see details you’d miss otherwise.


Get creative! Make up stories about the animals, plants and rocks in your yard.


Artistic? Create a collage. Make a piece of art or centerpiece for your home.


Take a walk around your neighborhood or street. What do you see? What do you hear? What changes do you see since the last time you walked? What’s new? What’s missing?


Nature offers up an endless menu of interesting and educational activities. All you need to do is open the door and step outside!

Help the living organisms that share this planet with us, survive in your backyard by:


1-     growing native plants

2-     providing water for wildlife

3-     creating protective cover

4-     building birdhouses

5-     recognizing exotic/alien species and removing these species from your property.


Web sites that have additional and helpful information to get you started include:


The National Wildlife Federation

The NH Fish and Game Department


NH Fish and Game Facebook site


 Updated 2/9/2011