Is getting out into nature daily a challenge?
Or do you need a challenge to get out daily into nature?
Tomorrow is May 1. Nothing like a new month to take on a new challenge. And MAYbe this is your month. May is spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere — not too hot, not too cold, just right for getting outside and getting a daily dose of nature time!
But…maybe you’re feeling too busy. Or maybe you’ve had a nature walk go wrong. Or maybe you can’t seem to remember a single benefit to time outdoors when the kids beg for just 30 more minutes in Minecraft. Or is that only at my house?
Getting outside, every day, can be a challenge — so here are 3 challenges to get you there:
1. Starting May 1, the David Suzuki Foundation has a 30×30 challenge. That’s 30 minutes outdoors for 30 days. Do you have 30 minutes? Just 30 out of 1440 a day — about 2% of your time.
2. Want something less time-bound? Wilder Child offers a chart called 100 Trees, 100 Chances in the fantastic article 6 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside (When They Don’t Want to Go). Color a tree every time you go outdoors and watch your forest grow!
3. Is a purposeful, structured time more your style? Back in 2008, the Handbook of Nature Study Outdoor Hour Challenge began — and is still going. Years of challenges to get you started and keep you outside!
Do you know of another challenge that encourages getting outside regularly? Share it in the comments! Or tweet to @pocketmousepub and let us know!
And after you’ve been outside, check out the Nature Chills Challenge to share what you’ve discovered!
I just read a 2010 study that found kids ages 8-18 spent 7 hours and 38 minutes in front of a screen daily, about 27% of their day. Has technology use gone up or down at your house in the last 5 years?