Whether you see nature walks as a time for introspection or a chance to learn about wildlife, make the most of your stroll into wilderness.
Nature walk your way to sanity
Does a hectic life leave you distracted or anxious? Nature walks are a great way to soothe your mind.
The best way to enjoy nature walks is to take your time. An ideal pace lets you appreciate nature’s tranquility and subtle gifts while still getting some exercise.
Walking in the woods can actually increase your ability to focus and concentrate.
Try these tips for tuning out chatter:
- Listen closely to birds and insects, the wind moving past different leaves, and the sounds of earth underfoot.
- Go alone or remain silent. Talking makes it difficult to tune in to nature.
- Draw all your senses to one thing – a tree, a flower, a rock. Pay attention to how it looks, smells and feels.
Teaching children through nature walks
Nature walks present rare opportunities for first-hand learning and can be thrilling for kids. Here are some ideas for keeping your youngster engaged:
- Bring a camera to photograph species your children can later identify.
- Take time to look under rocks for salamanders and insects.
- Bring a basic field guide – your child may be very interested in learning about the birds or butterflies you see.