Trail Tracking

In this trail tracking animal activity, you and your kids will find some animal tracks and try to figure out what the animal was doing. Observing animal tracks is like reading a detective story. Tracks give us clues about what animals do. What You’ll Need: Garden gloves A forest, meadow, …

Shoe In, Shoe Out

The Shoe In, Shoe Out hiking activity gives kids a better idea of what kind of ecological footprint they’re leaving — by examining the actual footprints they leave. We think hiking boots are best for hitting the dusty trail. But this experiment shows that sneakers could be healthier for the …

Micro-Hike

Take a micro-hike into a tiny world and discover what lives there. ©2007 Publications International, Ltd. What will you meet on a micro-hike? What You’ll Need: String Safe scissors Short stakes Magnifying glasses Paper and toothpicks (optional) Step 1: Measure out about 20 to 30 feet of string. Tie each …

Living World Inside a Log

There’s a living world inside a log that’s just waiting for your kids to explore. During this easy nature activity for kids, they’ll discover the plants and animals — some tiny and some not so small — that call the hollow log home. What You’ll Need: Magnifying glass Flashlight Step …

Knee-High Hike

The knee-high hike activity gives kids a whole new perspective on their favorite outdoor pastime. Take kids out on their next short hike on all fours, just like a puma, chipmunk, or hyena, and their outdoor perspective is bound to change. Be sure to dress kids in pants sturdy at …

Hiking Back in Time

When kids go hiking back in time, the “good old days” are up close and personal. People often call hiking “getting back to nature,” but today’s hiking supplies make it a pretty modern activity. So why not take an adventurous kid back in time by hitting the rugged trail the …

Greetings from the Trail

Greetings on the trail is a simple hiking activity that shows young hikers how to connect with other intrepid adventurers along the trail. In earlier times, explorers marked trees and rocks to help them retrace their steps or communicate with other explorers. In today’s campgrounds, carving trees and rocks isn’t …

Finding Bigfoot

With the finding big foot activity, kids could be on the path to tracking down this mysterious monster. Is ‘Big Foot’ more than a myth? Hike through the local wilderness and search for fun and furry clues — even if you don’t quite believe. ©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Tell your …

Count the Tree Rings

Count the tree rings as an easy way to figure out a tree’s age. Ever wonder how old a really big tree is? Try this method with a tree that has been cut down, and you’ll get an idea of how long trees live — and how they respond to …

Bingo

Before a hike, have your kids brainstorm things you might find in on a hike: an oak tree, a robin, a tent with hikers, a bridge, etc. Turn those ideas into bingo cards (bonus points for a craft project!), then take them on your hike and play Bingo as you …