Rainy weather doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside all day. Playing outdoors in a light drizzle or drenching rain is great for your family. However, if a storm is in the forecast, you may want to keep your kids inside. While rainy days are perfect for outdoor activities, there are many learning opportunities you can take advantage of. Play games with your kids by damming up water or seeing what sinks and floats in puddles. You can also play I Spy with your kids, which they can use to discover things in nature while they walk.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has curbed many activities and events, outdoor activities are still an important part of our lives. Hiking trails and parks were popular places for people to get away from the busy streets. When gyms were closed, people turned to “The Great Outdoors” to exercise. Activities like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, tennis, and golf were born out of this trend. Even today, people continue to look for ways to engage in outdoor activities, and it’s no surprise that they’ve become so popular.
The Puget Sound region is known for its abundant nature-based recreational opportunities, which can benefit the mental and physical health of residents. In addition to these health benefits, outdoor activities also create positive social interactions. For example, COVID-19 highlighted the value of Puget Sound parks. For example, people living in Seattle and the greater Seattle area are more likely to participate in nature-based activities, such as hiking and fishing. Whether you choose to be alone or with friends, you will find many opportunities for social interaction in nature-based activities.
The physical benefits of outdoor activities are obvious. Exposure to sunlight and fresh air reduces stress. Exposure to nature helps reduce muscle tension and promotes proper body coordination. Furthermore, exposure to nature improves mental health and lowers blood pressure. And, exercise outdoors improves cardiovascular health and improves moods. You don’t have to be a pro athlete to enjoy these activities. It’s possible to enjoy them with your friends or family, no matter what your skill level.
Recreational outdoor activities include tennis and golf, which are both safe and fun for everyone. A recent survey from the United States Tennis Association showed that nearly three million Americans will play tennis in the year 2020. With more people taking up outdoor activities, businesses and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are pleased. Similarly, more people will appreciate the benefits of outdoor activities on the environment. They are also more likely to attract tourists. They also promote the health of our planet.
New York is never far from nature. A visit to the state can involve challenging mountain bike rides or a relaxing pedal through the rolling hills. Or, families can go camping in the woods. When engaging in these activities, remember to observe the rules of nature and use appropriate safety equipment. If you’re unsure of how to safely use these activities, check with the state parks for more information. Some outdoor activities may be closed for the season. For this reason, it’s best to plan ahead and contact the parks to confirm the status of the facilities.
While many campgrounds are closed due to COVID-19, you can enjoy backyard camping if you have a large enough yard. You can go hiking, picnicking, and gathering around a fire pit. One SELF reader, Rachel Wieser Haggerton, describes her family’s firepit as their “oasis.” It gives them the feeling of being on vacation in their own backyard. They enjoy it so much that they even make a fire in it.
If you’re interested in pursuing an outdoor education, you can volunteer with a nonprofit organization. Movement Education Outdoors is a fiscally-sponsored organization that works with youth in Providence and the community in Woonsocket. The nonprofit group strives to remove barriers for youth of color to engage in outdoor activities. It is led by the Director of Recreation, Judy Tegtmeyer. It is a place where people can learn from one another and experience transformation through nature.
Kids can learn about nature through planting plants, building bird feeders, and observing squirrels. They can also discover how to identify animals, like squirrels, and even count stars. Using natural materials to create art outdoors will keep your kids engaged and stimulate their imaginations. They can even get up to move while they work. There are many benefits to being outdoors in nature. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas for you to try.