Outdoor Activities for Kids

By Kaitie Eddington

COVID-19 has brought about many unforseen changes this year, including the closure of public schools in VT/NH for the remainder of the school year. If you are a parent looking for some educational activities for your kids, you’ve come to the right place! We’d like to provide you with a list of guides and resources for doing outdoor educational activities with your kids!

For a comprehensive guide on educational activities in nature, click HERE to check out the Living Schoolyard Activity Guide from Green Schoolyards America! This guide includes art projects, journal prompts, mental health exercises and more.

For more ideas on ways to connect to nature during COVID-19, visit findingnature.org for resources, stories and online events from the Children and Nature Network (C&NN). The C&NN is an international network of organizations devoted to keeping kids active outdoors. Findingnature.org is a collaborative site for professionals to share activities and how their communities are connecting to nature during this crisis.

We recommend exploring trails and natural spaces close to home to prevent overcrowding on popular trails. To explore trails near you, visit trailfinder.info and search by your town to see what’s around! Trail Finder has up-to-date maps and promptly posts active trail alerts from trail managers.

Additionally, keep an eye out for summer programming such as the Hanover Trails Challenge from the Hanover Conservancy. The Trails Challenge is a fun, interactive challenge designed to get families on the trails in the summer, visit hanoverconservancy.org to learn more!

If you have any more ideas or resources for outdoor activities for kids, email us at info@uvtrails.org!