Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! The weather is perfect, the air is crisp, and the world is changing into a beautiful array of color… We are finally out of the miserable, humid, sauna-esque Southern summer and I am ready to get outside with the kiddos! The first outdoor activity on my list is a fall nature walk! I love adding activities to make our nature walks hands-on and interactive…
Fall Nature Walk Activities
1. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
My kids LOVE a good scavenger hunt! Nature scavenger hunts provide fun, engaging, hands on learning for kids. Search for insects, nuts, leaves, and other things that can easily be found outside in the fall.
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2. Make Journey Sticks
Use items from the scavenger hunt or general items found on your nature walk to make journey sticks. Tape, glue, or tie these items (leaves, berries, nuts, flowers, seeds, etc) to a stick or a piece of cardboard for a fun keepsake!
3. Create Leaf & Bark Rubbings
Colorful leaf rubbings are a favorite fall activity at our house. Just place a leaf vein side up under a sheet of paper. Have the kiddos use a crayon or coloring pencil to color in one direction over the leaf. The kids think that it is so cool to see an image *magically* transferred onto their paper.
4. Start a Leaf Journal
Create a leaf journal for your kids to keep different leaves found on their nature walk. Each page can hold a different leaf, information about that leaf, and a rubbing of the leaf. Use Leaf Identification Cards to determine which tree each leaf belongs to.
5. Identify Insects
Discover what insects live in your neck-of-the-woods this time of year. Use What is My Bug? to keep track of all of the creepy-crawlies that you find! An insect field guide can help you quickly determine what insects you have around you.
6. Identify Trees
Discover what types of trees are hanging out on your nature walk path! Do this by collecting leaves, seeds, and bark found along the path and use a tree field guide to research your findings. I LOVE the idea of playing “Name that Tree” to help kids engage in this activity!
7. Track & Identify Animals
Do your kids know how to identify animals by their tracks? Teach them with these Animal Track ID Cards and see how many animals you can ID on your next nature walk. Take an animal track pocket guide along for extra guidance and information.
If you see track like these ^^^^, then you might want to keep an extra eye out :/
8. Pack a Nature Backpack
Help your kiddos pack a nature backpack with a Field Guide, pencil and paper for sketching & leaf rubbing, containers to collect insects, magnifying glass, camera, binoculars, the Outdoor Book and other fun items for your nature walk!
9. Watch & Identify Birds
Bring some binoculars along (you can even make your own) so your kiddos can check out the birds along your nature walk path. They will love seeing the different colors and listening to the different songs of each bird in your area! Use a bird field guide to help them identify the birds that they see. They can also keep up with the birds that they watch with a Bird Watch Tally Sheet!