With schools closed and activities cancelled, it is more important than ever to get kids outside and into nature. Time outside is critical to the physical and mental well-being of our children. Use the activities and resources below to safely and joyfully get kids outside during these unprecedented times!
PARTICIPATE IN THE OUTSIDE EVERY DAY CHALLENGE
Nature Kids is helping to lead a community wide effort to get kids outside every day during these unprecedented times. Visit the Outside Every Day website and make a pledge to get the kids you care for Outside Every Day! Challenge participants will receive frequent communication that includes activities and resources to make getting kids outside safe and fun!
Here are some of Nature Kids staff’s favorite nature activities for kids:
Animal Activity: Move, Mimic, Make! (PreK to Elementary School)
Animal Masks (Elementary School)
Track Me If You Can (Elementary School)
Duplication (Elementary School)
Imagination Vacation (Elementary to Middle School)
Be-a-Camera Game (Elementary to Middle School)
Nature Mobiles (Elementary to High School)
A Note on Staying Safe Outside
Getting outside is deemed an “essential activity” by the Colorado Stay-at-Home order! It IS legal (and essential) to walk, run, and play outside as long as you follow social distancing and do not use playgrounds, picnic shelters, and public restrooms. When outside, please follow these COVID-19 precautions:
- Wear a cloth face mask AND stay 6 feet away from people who are not in the same household
- Avoid visiting busy places and stay as close to home as possible to recreate
- Do not gather in groups
- Limit children to playing with family members living under the same roof
- Clean hands thoroughly and often, and avoid touching your face
- Do not take risks – medical resources are scarce and social distancing is not possible for first responders, putting them at risk
While local trails and open spaces for the most part remain open, these places are experiencing higher than usual use, which could negatively impact plants and wildlife or result in closures. Please practice Leave No Trace principles and stay closer to home, rather than driving long distances to recreate outside. It is always best to check online to ensure the trail or open space you plan to visit is not closed due to reasons related to COVID-19, muddy trail conditions, or to protect wildlife. If you get to a trail head and find it crowded, please consider choosing another location.