Items tagged with FAMILY-FRIENDLY

Build a Responsible Backyard Fire

Campfires can be a lot of fun, but they can get out of control if not handled safely. Learn how to safely make, maintain, and put out a campfire.

Build a Responsible Backyard Fire
Go on a Family Picnic

Your woodlot is a great place to bond with your family. A picnic is a fun, easy way to create some family memories and expose your kids or grandkids to nature.

Go on a Family Picnic
Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Experience the joy and excitement of discovery with these fun nature scavenger hunts. You can do one of these, or make up your own! This is a great activity to do with children.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Hang a Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbird feeders with a sugar-and-water solution can provide supplemental food for hummingbirds and enjoyment for humans. Maintained properly, feeders won’t harm hummingbirds and will give them the energy they need to go after their real desired food: insects.

Hang a Hummingbird Feeder
Identify Wildlife Tracks

You may not always see wildlife in your woods, but by learning how to interpret their tracks, you can learn a lot about the animals on your land and their behavior.

Identify Wildlife Tracks
Install a Bluebird Box

New York's bluebird population has dropped 90% due to pesticides, shortage of natural nesting cavities, and competition from sparrows and starlings. You can help! Install a bluebird nesting box on your woodlot so these colorful songbirds can raise their families.

Install a Bluebird Box
Listen to the Sounds of My Woodlot at Dusk

Just as people start going to bed, your woodlot is waking up. Many animals are only active at night. Sit outside with your ears open, and you might surprise yourself with what you hear.

Listen to the Sounds of My Woodlot at Dusk
Make a Plant Press

Sometimes you won't be able to identify a tree or plant on the spot. Other times you may want to keep a leaf or flower to appreciate later. A plant press preserves leaves, twigs, flowers and buds so you can look at them whenever you want.

Make a Plant Press
Make Homemade Maple Syrup

If you want to make maple syrup just for personal use, consider the turkey fryer-and-stovetop method over large equipment.

Make Homemade Maple Syrup
Take a “Five Senses” Hike

Our lives are so busy that we rarely slow down to appreciate what's around us. In a five senses hike, you'll slowly walk your trails and stop occasionally to explore what you're seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, and even tasting. This is a great activity to do with kids.

Take a “Five Senses” Hike
Write a Nature Poem

You don’t need to consider yourself a writer to find relaxation in expression. Find a place to sit and see what thoughts flow.

Write a Nature Poem