Winter is still a great time to get outside, or at the very least get active with some nature projects. It’s also a nice time to get cozy inside. Here are some fun and green activities the whole family can do.
1. Hummingbird fun: I’ve been working out on my porch a lot lately – I know it’s cold. But sitting inside all day sucks. I bundle up. Anyhow, lately all these adorable hummingbirds have been scooting around me as I write. You can attract your own humming birds with a nice homemade recycled hummingbird feeder.
2. Just beachy: Explore a shore – the beach is way different in the winter vs. summer.
3. Snap it: Learn how to take better pictures when you’re out in nature. Nature photography is a great way to combine art and nature for kids.
4. Help protect birds: The 111th Christmas Bird Count kicks off on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 and spans through Wednesday, January 5, 2011. The Christmas Bird Count is a citizen science project of the National Audubon Society. Basically, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the USA join together with one mission, to collect useful information on the bird population.
Volunteers gather information on bird numbers over a three-week period, and then submit their observations to a nationally based science staff. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists can all help make a difference. Audubon uses this data to assess the health of bird populations – and to help guide conservation action.
5. Glow craft: Make a homemade moon jar – this might make a great holiday gift actually.
6. Create a path: Go on a hike and learn how to mark a trail. REALLY fun for kids!
7. Be a scientist: Get outside and discover nature via mobile technology that helps collect and share scientific data about marine life or birds. Learn more at The WildLab.
8. Tweets offline: Turn old baskets into bird feeders.
9. Celebrate the season: Make a beautiful winter nature table.
10. Kiss someone nice: Make a wonderful and natural herbal kissing ball – more unique than mistletoe.
- See 35 more ways to enjoy nature during winter.
- A Kid’s Winter EcoJournal: With Nature Activities for Exploring the Season
- 39 homemade gifts that rock – great when it’s too chilly to get out.