Enjoy the last days of summer … outside

The days are getting shorter and fall is on its way, but before summer ends and the school year begins, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature.

Spending time outdoors is a great way to disconnect from smart phones, computers and TV and reconnect with the wild places that you love. It’s also a great way to take a break from the everyday hustle and bustle, have fun with your family and renew your spirit. Here are some ideas for outdoor activities:

  • Looking for the ideal spot to spend a free hour, day or long weekend? Check out Recreation.gov to find state and national parks, campsites, picnics areas or day hikes near you.
  • Learn what types of plants grow and thrive in your area. Check out this guide for IDing your local trees.
  • Grab your binoculars and do a little bird watching. Learn about some of the bird species the Center is working to protect. Listen. Enjoy the calls and songs of nearby birds.
  • Skip the long drive. Instead take a bike ride, swim in a creek or lie in the grass at your local park.
  • Capture a picture of your favorite nature spot in your neighborhood. Then share it with us using the hashtag #CrowdedPlanet on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
  • Remember to tread lightly and respect wildlife. Learn more about the threat of off-road vehicles.
  • Please respect bats and don’t enter any caves where they may be. Learn more about the devastating effects of white-nose syndrome.

Being in nature provides opportunities for learning and gaining a greater respect for the wildlife and wildlands around us, and why we need to protect what’s left.

Spending time with friends and family? Attending a party or BBQ? Check out our amazing Extinction-free BBQ recipes!


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