Our Spring Break begins today, and as I look at the 10-day forecast it seems as if our break will have at least a few days of the wonderful spring weather we’ve been dreaming of. As the kids and I brainstormed and made a list of things we’d like to do over the break, I was reminded of another list I picked up while attending the Indiana Children and Nature Network meeting a couple of weeks ago.
It’s the Indiana Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, and you can download a copy for yourself from the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s website. While it’s geared toward getting Indiana’s children outside and connecting with nature, it obviously translates to children all over the world. I love the list format. I don’t know about you, but my kids love a good list! There is such satisfaction in checking off the things you’ve done. And how satisfying will it be to finally get outdoors again without layer upon layer and check this fun activities off one by one? Here’s the list:
1. Explore and play outdoors in a safe place.
2. Follow a trail and discover native plants, wildlife and history.
3. Experience traditional outdoor activities like fishing and hunting.
4. Discover and celebrate Indiana’s past (or whatever part of the world you call home).
5. Camp under the stars.
7. Visit a farm.
8. Plant a seed or tree and watch it grow.
9. Splash and play in streams, lakes and ponds.
10. Enjoy the outdoors using all the senses.
11. Ask questions, find answers, and share nature with a friend.
What would you add to your own Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights?