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3 Fun Activities That Will Help Families and Communities Connect with Nature

Taking a chance to unplug is important for families and members of every community. While it is nice to be able to use your electronic devices, there comes a point when you need to make time to step away and get back to what is really important. Spending time in nature helps you to relax and develop bonds with the other people that join you on your adventures. These three fun activities will help you and the people you care about connect with nature in new ways.

Plan a Weekend Hike

Hitting the trails is for a hike gives you some exercise, and you can tailor the experience to fit your goals. Try taking a hike around your neighborhood parks to learn more about the local plants and wildlife in your area. You can also plan a wilderness hike that adds a touch more challenge to your adventure. As you plan your hike, consider looking for local guide books that you can use to identify the plants and animals that you come across.

Go on a Group Hunt

Hunting is another fun activity that most people don’t get to do every day. However, hunting game helps you to get back to your roots, and you can use this experience to teach younger children and adults about the importance of respecting where our food comes from. At a blackbuck antelope hunting ranch, you can also expect to see an abundance of different birds and ground-dwelling animals that gives you insight into the amazing things that happen in nature all the time. You can also use this hunting trip as a chance to learn about different animal tracks that you can spot in the wild to identify exactly what types of game are nearby. Checking the trail for fresh signs of wildlife helps you notice things in nature that you would ordinarily pass by.

Plant a Community Garden

Every community should have a garden that allows the residents to help develop. A community garden encourages neighbors to get out and mingle while they talk about the joys of growing their plants. Watching as a seed develops into a mature plant is an enjoyable thing to witness, and kids can learn a lot about their food supply by participating in the planting and harvesting. Community gardens can also attract butterflies, ladybugs and other insects that increase everyone’s awareness of nature.

Connecting with nature helps you to feel more centered and calm as you go about your day. Whether you are the hunting, hiking or gardening type, there are many ways to spend a day outside. In fact, you may even want to branch out by trying something new. Go ahead and schedule that hunt if you have always been more of a gardener. You never know what new concepts about nature you will learn by planning a different type of experience.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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