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By Jennifer Cummings, M.Ed.

Fabulous Fall Family Ideas for Spending Time in the Outdoors

Welcome to fall, possibly the best time of the year to participate in outdoor activities with your family! While the heat of summer has moved away, the first frosts of the season have killed off many of the biting bugs that often plague outdoor fun.

So here are lots of ideas for you and your family for enjoying the great outdoors before the snow flies this winter!

Take a hike:

Most of us think about going for hikes when we go camping in the summer. But fall, is the best time of year to take your family out and about. The fall weather is perfect for more strenuous hikes that you may have put off due to the heat of the summer.

However, even if you just want to take a casual stroll, enjoy some of your area’s conservation areas, recreation areas, parks, or trails; many of these spots have casual walking trails suitable for people of all activity levels and abilities. Check ahead to determine if handicapped accessible parking and trails are present for people needing more assistance.

Go bird watching:

In the fall many migratory birds are on the move, making stops in places they are generally not seen throughout other times of the year. Contact a local birding group, college, or wildlife specialist for more information on the best bird-watching spots in your area.

Armed with little more than a pair of binoculars you and your family can have lots of fun spotting winged travelers as they make their way to their winter homes. Who knows? You may inspire a lifelong bird watcher in your family!

Participate in fall clean up days:

Many communities prepare for the coming winter months by hosting town-wide clean up days in the community. Generally, bags are provided, and volunteers need to bring gloves, strong backs, and their enthusiasm. Participating in these clean up days gets the family outside, helps the town, cleans the environment, and gives kids a chance to give back to their community.

Generally held as a one-day event, the great thing is you can make a big community impact without a long-term commitment.

Visit a local, state or national park:

As with all things outdoors, many of us only take advantage of our natural areas in June, July, or August. But parks and other natural areas have so much to offer into the fall (and even the winter), too! Take the family to one of the parks or natural areas that you generally visit in the summer to see what changes there are in other seasons. Enjoy the seeing the changing foliage, animal life, or water landscape. You may be surprised to find more animal life because many parks have much less traffic after Labor Day goes by.

Fall days can still be a great opportunity to see the best natural areas of the country, but without the crowds of summer!

The changing of the seasons certainly doesn’t mean that it’s time to stay indoors just yet! Take a look at some warm weather activities in new ways and take advantage of season specific special events to make the most of your fall with your family and Positively Green!

Welcome to Positively Green! It’s a column dedicated to bringing you new ways of saving, interacting with, and using the natural world with activities that both help the environment and help you grow healthy families and healthy communities. Each month will feature information for your family about a positive green activity, book, program, or community idea. So c’mon, join the fun and go Positively Green!

Have an idea that you’d like to share with other families or a questions you’d like more information about? Contact Positively Green at Families Online Magazine and we’ll work on your idea for a future column!

Jennifer Cummings

Ms. Cummings, author, and editor of the Education and School Section, she has a B.A.in psychology and an M.Ed. in special education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts. She was an elementary teacher in Massachusetts serving both regular education and special education students. She has taught grades 1,4, and 5.

"I believe that families' involvement in their child's education is one of the key ingredients to creating a successful school experience for children. Keeping parents informed about school-related issues helps parents and teachers work together for the best possible outcomes for their children. Learning together makes learning fun - for everyone!" - Jennifer Cummings.
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