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by Judy Molland
Nature is everywhere, including in the city, if that’s where you happen to live.
Here’s a sample week for outside activities in a city neighborhood:
Monday – Cool Creepy-Crawlies. Go outdoors and look for insects.
Tuesday – Meet the Neighbors. Take a walk and get to know the birds and animals in your neighborhood.
Wednesday – Taller Than a House. Spend time with nearby trees. Touch the bark, examine the leaves, and finger fallen acorns and seeds.
Thursday – De-Clutter. Clean up litter in your local playground or park.
Friday – Hold That Pose. Take photos or draw pictures of the neighbors, whether they are busy squirrels or stately trees.
Saturday – Wild Party. Visit a nature center.
Sunday – Become a Detective. Use a magnifying glass to get a close-up of animals, plants and birds.
Redwood City’s Judy Molland is the author of Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009) and Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit, 2007).
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