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Going on a Nature Walk with Your Child


Are you looking for some ways to spend quality time with your child? A great way to get out and spend some time with your kid is to go on a nature walk together. You can use the time it takes to walk a trail to catch up on life, as well as to learn something new and have a little fun. Sound like something you’re interested in? Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your nature walk.



Find Some Nice Trails

If you want to start taking nature walks with your child, you’ll need to discover some trails near your home. Ask friends and family if they know any good places to walk around in nature. Your city might even have a nature reservation they maintain for residents. Once you have a few recommendations, you can begin exploring them, figuring out which trails you like more than others.

Squeeze In Some Learning

The great outdoors is the perfect place to do a little learning! Before you go on your nature walk, talk to your child about different plants and animals you might discover. You can then try to find those things while on your nature walk! During the fall, you can teach your child about the leaves and why they change colors. If you take a nature walk during the winter, you can help your child understand why there aren't many animals by teaching them about hibernation. It’s so easy to squeeze in a little learning on your nature walks with your child.

Have Fun!

If your child is anything like most kids, they have a wonderful imagination. Let your child use their imagination to help lead you on a fun journey. Pretend that the path you’re walking on is in the jungle and you’re on your way to discover an ancient civilization. You can even pretend to search for animals that have never been discovered! Give squirrels and other forest animals new names as you “discover” them for the first time.

Explore a Little

If you’re planning to visit a specific nature trail, don’t be afraid to venture off the path! Your nature walks should be filled with exploration and adventure. Let your little one lead you wherever their imaginations pulls them. You might be surprised by what you can discover through a little exploration.


You can do a lot with your child on a nature walk. You can learn about plants and animals, as well as have a little fun by using your imagination.

What are some things you do with your child when out in nature?

Annmarie John
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  1. Going on a nature walk with a child is a great way to get them outdoors and get some exercise. I like that you include a little learning in there- great opportunities for kids!

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  2. Those are some great tips. When I am out in nature with my daughter I make sure to point out to new things and tell her what they are.

    Michelle F.

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  3. We love taking our grandkids on hikes and nature walks. We always try to spot wild life or different birds. I think it is really important to teach children to respect and connect with nature.

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  4. I need to take my daughter on a nature walk. There is so much to learn and they LOVE it! Thanks for inspiring me to do it!

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  5. We love nature walks with our little one. She has so much fun pointing at the trees and bugs and whatever else we happen to pass!

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  6. My son always enjoyed going on nature walks when he was little. We have a lot of state parks in Florida with trails. He always looked for the alligators in the water.

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  7. Living in the Ozark Mountains, we take nature walks all the time. I think these are some really good tips, especially when you can make it educational :)

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  8. Nature walks are nice. I know sometimes when I was in school as a child we used to go to the nature center and we would walk on the trails. I always really enjoyed them.

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  9. This sounds like a great idea! And I have a new camera to take some awesome nature pictures!

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  10. I'd like to do something like this once my granddaughter gets a little older.

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  11. I love going on nature walks with my girls. It's so peaceful and definitely recharges us!

    Wonderful tips you've shared here.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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  12. Nature walks are a great way to have fun with your kids and teach them about the world around them at the same time. I love it.

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  13. You are right! I'm going to start doing this and exploring more with my little girl, thanks for sharing :D

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  14. We do nature walks as part of our homeschooling. It's a wonderful way to bond with your child and learn new things too!

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  15. I love the fall. Its the best time to go for nature walks. You can work hard but you don't get too hot. Thanks for this inspiring post to get my butt outside.

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  16. I love to do the nature walks. You really get an appreciation of the view and nature.

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  17. This is one of my favorite things. We have wonderful trails in our own woods, as well as a great dog park a few miles down. It has a river and trails and fields and flowers and happy dogs!

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  18. Looks like a splendid place for a walk.

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  19. I love walking and nature is an ambiance that always feels relaxing. Hope I can squeeze in more free time so that I can do nature walks with my mom. She needs exercise and this is the simple one we can include as a regular routine.

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  20. I do love nature walks although I don't have much opportunity to do it because we're living in the city. But when we visit my mom in the country, we would explore around. I love your advice on squeezing learning during walks.
    I miss you Madison and Amanda!
    Hugs from the Philippines!,,

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  21. kids are totally great having fun their imagination is incredibly amazing! like my daughter tells me a story while she's eating

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  22. Kids adore this kind of thing. There is always something new to see and explore outside!

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  23. I just miss those days with my son. Now, since he's an adult we really get to spend our quality time together. Enjoy those times, because they grow up so fast.

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  24. Great tips for nature walks with the kids. I love going for walks with my kids and stopping to observe things. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. This is something that my parents and I didn't do because growing up, my brother's skin was very sensitive. A little exposure to the outdoors and his skin would break out. He would get all these rashes. Because of this, he was always covered and my parents were overprotective of him. It's just nice that now that I'm a grown-up, I get to enjoy the outdoors & nature a lot. Talk about doing some major catching up.

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  26. I love this idea! We have so many walking trails around here and we haven't been to nearly enough of them, probably because our little guy hasn't really been into going in a carrier so it was hard to take him on walks where we couldn't take the stroller. But he's a little older now so we need to try again :)

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  27. I've been trying to talk my sister-in-law into taking my niece and nephew are more nature walks to get them out from in front of the TV. They went on one the other day and loved it!

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  28. i live in a heavily polluted metro and this isn't a viable option for me as there are no nearby nature trails around! although, when we do get out to explore nature, we do a picnic and ride bikes and swim! >XD thanks for the suggestions!

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  29. It's nice to do this kind of bonding activity with your love ones. Not only with your kid/s because this can freshen the mind and relax the body.

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  30. We live near the Wilderness Center & my kids love going for hikes there. They usually come home & google things that they saw along the way. :-)

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  31. How I love nature walks, but we live in a stupid desert so I rarely get to go on any with the kids or by myself

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  32. I use to be great about taking nature walks with my kiddos but since we moved I have gotten away from it. We now have 8.7 acres of land but all of it but 3 acres is wooded. I can see some fantastic nature walks happening there in the near future!

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  33. We have a beautiful wildlife refugee that has miles of trails that I intend to take my daughter to in about a month. We also have a sculpture reserve and plenty of hiking trails. I love nature and animals and can already tell my daughter does as well!

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  34. Our nature is all city but we do go for walks and every once in a while we'll see something we haven't seen in a while. Central Park is a great place to go for walks here.

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  35. I always loved hiking as a child. It's great exercise and also a great learning opportunity!

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  36. I'm a city girl but there's still a bit of nature around. I like going to the parks and every once in a while we'll see butterflies.

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