10 Ways to Give Back That Involve Nature and the Great Outdoors
10 Tips for "Natural" Service
Here are 10 bite-size ideas:
- Buy lunchboxes for your kids' school lunches instead of sending them in paper lunch bags. The fewer trees that have to be cut down, the better.
- Volunteer to pick up trash at a community event.
- Take a friend geocaching.
- Do a Wildlife Activity Day with your kids. Go to the NatureWatch section of the National Forest Service's website for ideas and printables.
- Take your kids to your nearest national park and ask for a Junior Ranger packet at the park's visitor center. The Junior Ranger program is a fun way for kids to explore nature and science at their own pace, and they get their own park ranger badge or patch!
- Become a member of your local nature conservancy to increase your awareness of and support for their efforts to preserve nature in your state.
- Volunteer to help record the calls and collect data on frogs and toads in your area for FrogWatchUSA. These animals are considered indicators of environmental health.
- Help a wildlife manager remove exotic or other unwanted plants from a natural area.
- Adopt a black bear through the National Wildlife Federation and help to preserve its habitat.
- Help out with a one-time event or enter research data for the National Wildlife Federation.
How Will You Give to Others This Week?
- What other ideas do you have for giving to others in the outdoors?
- How has being in nature made a meaningful difference for you this week?
- How have others given to you this week and what difference has that made in your life?
How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?
Make a meaningful difference this season by taking the Season of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here's how you can participate:
- Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week's challenge.
- Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week's challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
- Enter to win each week's giveaway. Check out this week's prizes from Sanborn Western Camps by clicking here.
- Join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.
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