Resources for Outdoor Adventures
- Andover Trail Guide 5th Edition: http://avisandover.org/trailguide.html
- Andover Conservation Division website: https://andoverma.gov/156/Conservation
- Bay Circuit Trail Guide: https://www.baycircuit.org/maps-guides/
- Children and Nature Network: https://www.childrenandnature.org
- Watch No Child Left Inside: Connecting with Nature, Right Here, Right Now filmed on March 15, 2018 at Memorial Hall Library
- Andover Trails Committee website: https://www.andovertrails.org/trails.html
- AVIS website: http://avisandover.org/events.html
- The Trustees: http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/explore-on-your-own/archive.html
- Mass Audubon website: https://www.massaudubon.org
- Essex County Greenbelt website: www.ecga.org/Events
- Appalachian Mountain Club: https://amcboston.org/walks/ Look for easy hikes and nature walks
Letterboxing is a “treasure hunt” outdoor activity, using clues and ink stamps. You can learn more at www.letterboxing.org, which has info on getting started and a kids’ section.
For Bird Lovers
- The free phone app Merlin, produced by the Cornell Ornithology Lab, offers an easy way to identify birds with your kids. Just notice the bird’s location, size, and feather colors, and Merlin instantly gives 5 likely matches for your bird, plus recorded calls and bird songs.
- Audubon sponsors The Great Backyard Bird Count for birdwatchers of all experience levels and ages - http://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count
- Project FeederWatch lets kids and adults record data as they watch birds in their backyards or schoolyards. Their observations help scientists track movements and trends in bird populations. https://feederwatch.org
- The Nature Connection by Clare Walker Leslie - an invaluable outdoor workbook for kids, families and classrooms
- Fun with Nature and More Fun With Nature are both take-along nature guides with multiple authors and great illustrations
- The Frightened Frog - an early reader book written to educate elementary children about the environmental issues affecting amphibians; National Garden Club, Inc.
- The Saved Seed - Follow the journey as a seed from a Halloween pumpkin becomes a seedling, a vine and then a new pumpkin! Through beautiful illustrations, children learn how to save pumpkin seeds and become successful pumpkin gardeners; National Garden Club, Inc.
- The Kid’s Guide to Exploring Nature, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2015. This award-winning book inspires kids to explore their world the way a naturalist does, whether in a city park, at a lake, a beach or forest.
Read More about Children's Nature Deficit
- Children’s Nature Deficit: What We Know – and Don’t Know, September 2009 by Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., and Richard Louv (Author of Last Child In the Woods), http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/uploads/8/1/4/4/8144400/childrens_nature_deficit_disorder_2009.pdf.
- Forest Bathing: http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html The idea behind the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku is simple—that simply being in a quiet forest reduces stress and has healing and rejuvenating qualities. Read more here.
- CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS featured on http://pbskids.org/scigirls/citizen-science (a great website!) One example is Project Budburst, which lets kids observe one shrub or tree at intervals and upload notes to a national database tracking changes in the timing of plant growth. Observation sheets, background info, stories and more get kids excited about participating. (http://www.budburst.org).