Fun things to do when you go hiking
We love to get outside and explore, and though we do more walking than hiking, we love to combine nature study and science with our forays into the wild.
You don’t really even have to go farther than your own backyard to go on a nature hike. When my kids were little, going outside to look for leaves, bugs, or mushrooms was a nice break and got everyone moving and interested. My kids have had their own nature journals since preschool, and they still enjoy recording their observations when we come back inside.
Here are some of our favorite nature hiking resources:
- How to make a homemade nature journal
- Make a fall nature journal
- Nature study for teens
- Nature study to go
- Nature journal resources
- Study bags and nature journals
- Nature study in our own backyard
- Nature walk: Brevard, NC
- Top 50 Long Distance Hiking Trails In the USA
The Best Hiking Books for Kids
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This Land is Your Land is a wonderful resource that we’ve used in our homeschool classroom to learn more about Earth’s landforms and geological features. As we journey along on a hike across the planet, we discover plains, plateaus, rolling hills, how a stream makes a canyon, and how lava creates an archipelago. The coolest feature of this book is a section after the story that contains lesson plans and reproducible activities, as well as a huge (free) downloadable teacher’s guide on the publisher’s website that has activities covering reading, language arts, science, math, and geography. This book is just one example of how we often take a nature hike outside, and then incorporate what we observed into a full scale homeschool lesson. My kids don’t even realize they are “doing school” sometimes!
Free Printable Forest Activity Pack
Click here or on the image below to download a free forest themed printable pack that includes Nature Study Writing Prompts and Forest Themed Notebook Page. (Elementary, Middle School)
Our favorite hiking books for kids
- Walk on the Wild Side (Life in the Wild)
- The Berenstain Bears Blaze a Trail
- Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?
- Do Princesses and Super Heroes Hit the Trails?
- Because Your Mommy Loves You
- Walking through the Jungle
- The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies
- When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike
- Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
- Lewis and Clark Go On A Hike: The Story of the Corps of Discovery
- Kids on the Trail: Hiking With Children in the Adirondacks
- The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail
- Family Hiking in the Smokies: Time Well Spent
- Babes in the Woods: Hiking, Camping & Boating with Babies and Young Children
- Families on Foot: Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks and National Park Adventures
- Let’s Go Outside!: Outdoor Activities and Projects to Get You and Your Kids Closer to Nature
- Hiking with Jesus
- Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up
- Geocaching Handbook: The Guide for Family-Friendly, High-Tech Treasure Hunting
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder