One of my goals as a parent is to raise my little humans to love and respect nature. Whenever possible, I try to get us out in nature to explore. This has so many benefits beyond learning to take care of our planet, as we are getting exercise and so many more brain synapses are firing when surrounded by nature than when sitting in front of a screen.
Audubon Society of Portland held a “Kids Day” to showcase their summer camp activities. Audubon is nestled in the hills above Portland, surrounded by beautiful forest and accessible hiking trails, so I knew no matter what it would be a nice time to get outside in the woods. But all the activities were really great. All the kids and adults had fun, and the kids learned some new facts about trees and birds along the way.
The kids got up close and personal with some of Audubon’s ambassador birds
learning about how owls use their eyes
Our first activity was archery, which the kids absolutely loved. The staff had various sizes of bows, so everyone was able to be successful.
Gaby makes a great Katniss
I was dying to try it myself, so I was thrilled when the instructor said the moms could try, too!
All the kids:
After archery, we went on a guided “Gnome Hunt” to explore the forest.
This is my happy place.