I know it’s important to spend time outdoors with my children. Some days, however, I just can’t seem to find the motivation. That’s one reason I LOVE all of the local opportunities for outdoor education – it provides much needed structure and accountability to get us moving. If left to my own devices, it’s too simple to just blow it off for another day. When it’s a scheduled event, we spread on the sunscreen, grab the water bottle, and get moving. This strategy works even better when it’s a prearranged excursion with friends, like our recent Stroller Stroll. So, if you’re needing a little extra motivation to get outside, check out a few of these opportunities:
- City of Fort Collins Natural Areas: All educational programs and events are listed on their Nature Tracker calendar, including Stroller Strolls, Nature Nuggets, Family Walks, Sky Gazing, and more.
- Larimer County Department of Natural Resources: Here you will find regularly scheduled Tiny Trekkers, which take place at Devil’s Backbone, as well as other youth and family events.
- Lory State Park: Junior Ranger and other youth programs take place periodically throughout the summer and are listed on the right side of their website. Although the programs themselves are free, regular park entry fees apply. Upcoming events include Fire Ecology for 11 to 14 year olds and Cicada Data for 7 to 10 year olds.
- Boyd Lake State Park: Again, upcoming youth programs are listed on the right side of this webpage. Although the programs themselves are free, regular park entry fees apply. Upcoming events include Fishing Clinic, Natural Arts & Crafts, and Campfire Nights.