Teaching and Learning in Nature

Click HERE for great ideas for things to do outside with your kids!

Read Stella Miller, Former President of the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society’s message about this topic:

Kids and Nature

Get Ready to Adventure with Your Kids!

Adventuring as a family promotes healthy children and healthy, strong family bonds. A little advance planning will help make sure that your adventures are fun and successful.

While most of the time you won't need any special equipment, it might be a fun activity for you and your child to put together an Adventure Kit in a backpack, ready to go on a moment's notice. Once you have your kit ready, it is just a matter of picking your spot and going.

Check out the various preserves, parks and sanctuaries on Long Island, as well as as well as our field trip page for activities your child might enjoy. Google local preserves, National Wildlife Refuges and town, county and state parks. Look up the various nature centers on Long Island (and be daring, head off of the island for some wilderness fun!) and see what kind of activities, walks and events they are hosting. Finding an adventure has never been easier. You just need to be prepared! Click here for a list of suggested items for your child's Adventure Kit.

Online Coloring

Try out the virtual coloring application on the National Audubon website.  Kids can color a Wood Duck and learn more about them, then print out the results!

Ideas for connecting children to nature everyday by age

Recommended Reading:

From Project Wild: Children's Book List

From The National Association for the Education of Young Children:  Books for Young Children about Nature


Magazines: Ranger Rick and Big Backyard