Activity: Nature Trails

by Jadwiga O'Brien on April 25, 2011

Hawthorn Berries Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor

Number of Players: Any!

You’ll need:

  • A way to get around (e.g. legs, wheels)
  • A packed lunch if you’re going for a picnic
  • A good pair of walking shoes or wellies
  • Wet gear (just in case!)
  • Paper, pencils, crayons, paint (to record your finds!)

Time needed: Personal choice. Although more time may be needed if you’re planning on going away somewhere or having a lunch.

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Did you know?

What you see on nature trails can be different from one month to the next depending on the season. So while you might be able to see Snowdrops in February, you won’t see any in May.

 

How to Play

Essentially, a nature trail is a walk or cycle with a fun (and educational) twist. Simply go out, and instead of just walking to reach a destination, try to spot the things you might not usually notice. A nature trail can even have different themes if you want to give yourself a challenge.

Themes could include:

  • Birds & Animals
  • Trees
  • Flowers
  • Insects
  • Fish and Amphibians

Or, as already mentioned, you could just do general trails over different seasons and see how they’re different by comparing what you’ve recorded each time.

You can record what you see or hear by writing down names, drawing/painting pictures or taking photos. When you come back from your trail, you can even do some more research on the wildlife you saw.

You might find out things like:

  • Common frogs can lay up to 2000 eggs at one time.
  • In Celtic Folklore, hazelnuts were thought to make you wise.

For a short video clip of a more extreme “nature trail” click here!

Do you have any good ideas about nature trails? Why not share them with us in the comments box below.

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