Stroll With Your Senses
Teach your kids to explore the woods with eyes, ears, nose, and fingers on high alert. Bring a magnifying glass or binoculars for a close-up look at plants, flowers, and trees. Peer under logs and rocks for salamanders and insects. Sniff the pine trees. Feel the rough bark or the sticky sap. Then silently listen to the sounds of birds, water, and small animals. It's best to go without an agenda to spot specific plants or animals, says Hank Art, author of WoodsWalk (Storey). "Part of the joy of being in the woods is never knowing what you're going to discover."