One of the habits we adopted when we first started homeschooling about seven years ago is a weekly nature walk. Because I only had one child at the time, it was easy for us to walk weekly with other homeschoolers.
When more babies came along, the walks were done every other week most of the year except in the cold of winter or when I was too big and uncomfortable to walk.
As far as habits go, it has been one of the best family activities. Depending on the abilities of the littlest walking person, we can walk just about anywhere. We don’t bring along nature guides, though the little ones pour over them at home. Instead we rely on Mom’s memory and Big Brother’s interest to keep us learning and engaged. Revisiting the different walks keeps us aware of the changes and our favorite things to look for.
Our Favorite Local Walks
- John Heinz Wildlife Refuge (Free) – now home to a pair of nesting Bald Eagles! last year’s post
- Tyler Arboretum (admission/membership)
– last year’s post on the Treehouses which are back
- Hildacy Farm Preserve (Free) – last year’s post
- Swarthmore College (Free)
- Haverford College (Free)