Fun Friday activities are quick-and-simple ways to explore nature in your own backyard.
While I am a supporter of the Leave No Trace principles, I admit I have my shortcomings. Sometimes when we’re out exploring nature, we snag a few keepsakes to help us remember our adventures.
This summer’s trip to our cabin in Yosemite National Park is a perfect example. We spent a ton of time on the river skipping rocks.
Before we bid our final farewell for the season, I filled an empty bottle with some river water. The explorers had already gathered plenty of rocks to fill it with.
Back at the cabin, the big explorer chose some of his favorites and carefully filled the jar.
Then he labeled it, so we wouldn’t forget: “Yosemite River Rocks.”
That jar has an almost sacred spot in our home – a constant reminder of our favorite place to explore nature.
By the way, we tried to capture some snow in a jar on our trip to the cabin last week, but it just didn’t work out as well!
- Be mindful of your choices. Our rule of thumb is that we only take a few items and that we make sure they aren’t in short supply in the area (think sand, shells, rocks).
- Label creatively. The big explorer opted to write on the jar, but attaching a tag around the lid would work just as well – and make the jar reusable in the future.
More Ideas for Outdoor Fun
Inspired by our first snow adventures last week, this weekend I encourage you to head outside and try a new-to-you activity. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
- Make an advent calendar with items from nature.
- Go on a conifer quest.
- Have fun (yes fun!) shoveling snow.
- Create a frozen tree decoration.
- Or try one of these 50 ways to explore nature in your own backyard.