ideas & activities for outdoors
Remember...always follow Leave No Trace principles.
1. have a picnic
2. play in a creek or creek walk
3. fly a kite
4. toss a ball or frisbee
5. enjoy a playground
6. find symmetry in nature
7. listen to the river or a creek flow
8. watch and listen to birds and try to identify them
9. listen to the breeze in the trees
10. relax and do nothing
11. take a bike ride
12. play with your shadow
13. build a snowman or a snow fort
15. disconnect from electronics
16. make bark or leaf rubbings with crayons or chalk
17. play with a dog
18. watch the sunset or enjoy the sunrise
19. roll down a hill
20. read a book
21. try a nature scavenger hunt
22. stargaze and identify constellations or make up your own
23. skip rocks
24. hula hoop
25. draw or write in the sand or snow or dirt
26. use sticks to create your name
27. try slacklining (use tree safe straps)
28. find a place with a grill (or take one along) and cook-out
29. play a game
30. rock stack and build a cairn (return them when done)
32. try an outdoor workout
33. make leaf art on the ground and take a picture
34, organize a hike and take your friends
35. play pick up sticks with sticks you find
36. have a sing along
37. chase bubbles
38. use a compass
39. make a video
40. use a magnifying glass to see the tiny things
41. make plaster casts of nature tracks
42. splash in a puddle
43. make mud sculptures or mudpies
44. enjoy a hammock (use tree safe straps)
45. try outdoor yoga
46. look for and identify scat and tracks
47. play flashlight tag
50. look for 4 leaf clovers
51. relax or read in hammock (use tree safe straps)
52. have a campfire and make s'mores
53. cartwheel or somersault
54. try forest bathing
55. play in the rain
56. build a stick fort
57. learn to be still...
Gift It: Experiences are more memorable and longer lasting than things. For your next gift, plan and take your special someone on an outdoor adventure. You can even describe it in a note and wrap it up for the big day. Make your gift a great outdoor memory.
Thru-Hike: Choose an area and hike every trail. Choose a county and hike every trail in the county.
Have a progressive picnic: Pick a few areas and have a different part of a picnic at each.
Auntie (or uncle) Nature: Help a family and offer to nature-sit their children for a couple hours by treating them to a local outdoor adventure.
STRUX (Small Town, Rural, Urban Criss-Cross): Visit an outdoor area in every type of setting.
Play Park Tag: How many parks can you visit in a day, a week, a month, a year?
It Happened in My Hometown: Visit historically significant areas near your home and learn about your local history.
Flat Stanley Adventuring: Create a Flat Stanley type of character (or use your favorite toy or mascot) and take it to visit as many outdoor places as you can. Take a photo with it at each.
Leave It Better than You Found It Litter Hunt: Grab a trash bag and see how many pieces of litter you can pick up and remove.
Art Outdoors (a.k.a. Art-doors): Create outdoor inspired art. Write an outdoor inspired poem, story or song. Create outdoor inspired visual art. Dance outdoors. Build art from found outdoor objects, take a picture and then return the objects to where they were found. Make a video of the outdoor fun.
Cross-Generational Adventuring: Grab your favorite folks from different generations and treat them to a day in the outdoors.
Park Pick & Pitch: Pick your favorite outdoor area, join together with friends and pitch in as volunteers to help care for it.
Hometown Tour Guide: Plan a tour of the best outdoor areas near your home. What are the 'must see' areas for your guests?
Every Place Tells A Story: Learn about the history of the place you're visiting. Who established it? Why was it established? For who is it named? What was it like 100 or 200 or 1000 or more years ago? Who called this place home?
Outdoor Alphabet Book: Build a book with areas or objects for each letter.
Challenge Your Balance: Choose an outdoor area beyond your normal places and visit. Try an activity that challenges you.
Outdoor Pup Date: Find an animal rescue organization and volunteer to take one of their dogs (or your own) on an outdoor date.
Forest Gump It: Find a comfortable bench. Relax. Enjoy the day.
Cloud Watch: Look for creatures in cloud shapes. Given them names and make up stories about them.
Singing & Dancing In The Rain: Anyone can play outside on a sunny day. On a rainy (not stormy) day, grab your umbrella, boots and rain jacket and adventure out. Make memories in a world that smells, sounds and looks different on a rainy day.
Spontaneous Potluck Picnic: Contact your friends and go for a spontaneous potluck picnic. Try an extra challenge and limit potluck foods to only the items you already have in your home.
If I was a Critter: This game is played while hiking and looking for places a creature might call home. When a hiker/player spots a place they think would be a good home, they complete the statement "If I was a critter, I would live ____ because ____." Alternate turns and see who can spot the most, the best or the most unusual places area wildlife would call home.
Inside Out: Try an activity outdoors that you would normally do indoors (game, pillow fight, playdoh sculptures, puzzle, etc).
Vintage Post Carding: Visit an outdoor area and create a postcard inspired by it. Write a message on it and send it to friend or to a person at a nursing home or hospital who isn't able to get out to enjoy it.