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Take a Hike and Create a Learning Adventure!

Infants & Teacher with Bubbles CSpring can be a beautiful time of the year.  Leaves are budding, plants are sprouting and temperatures are starting to warm – it is a great time to go on a learning adventure with your child in the great outdoors!

  • Find an appropriate location.  Start small; you do not want to intimidate your little one by trying to climb to the top of a mountain in one day!  Contact your local visitors’ center or tourism office for maps of trails or parks in your area.
  • Once you have found the perfect trail or park, map out a path with your child and stick to it.  Carry the map with you and do not wander too far off the trial, especially if you are not familiar with the area.
  • Hiking is a physical activity, so take a few minutes to loosen up and stretch at the beginning of the trail.  Let your child suggest a few stretches, too.
  • Pack water and healthy snacks.  Drinking water often and nibbling on food throughout your hike will keep you and your child energized.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery and look for signs of wildlife, such as paths in the weeds, mounds of dirt or footprints in the mud.
  • Collect objects such as leaves or rocks (check with the park/trail authority to ensure this is permitted) or take pictures of things that interest your child.
  • Remember to ‘carry-out’ your trash.  Food and trash can be harmful to wildlife.

Have fun and enjoy this wonderful learning and growing opportunity with your child!