It doesn’t take much land to have fun in the woods. This page has a few ideas to get the family outside in your woods. In addition to being a fun way to spend family time together, time outside on the land can build interest among the whole family in your land, building interest in long-term stewardship. For more about why it’s important to get kids outside, check out the No Child Left Inside website.
Some ideas to get your family out in the woods:
- Count snags along your favorite trail.
- Count den trees along your favorite trail.
- Count the different birdsongs you hear on a single walk around your property. Consider walking through diverse areas. Repeat at different seasons.
- Build and install wood duck boxes in appropriate locations.
- Build and install bluebird houses in appropriate locations.
- Pile brush or firewood-sized pieces of wood for wildlife. Return to look for tracks or other wildlife sign at different times of year.
- Plant trees together. Better yet, collect seed from your land, learn how to propagate it, grow the seedlings, and plant them together.
- Identify and map out as many different tree species as you can on your land.
- Identify as many different kinds of wildlife tracks as you can find on your land. Make plaster molds of some of the tracks.
- Get an airphoto of your land, find an interesting spot on it, and figure out how to get there together.
Got other ideas? Leave them in the comments.