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March 20th is the first day of spring this year.  This post is in celebration of the return of daffodils and park days. 

Spring is a great time for fresh ideas. Try something new…have an adventure.

Plant or grow something yummy or beautiful
If you’ve never gardened, that’s okay.  Read a book, or consider taking a class. Talk with a master gardener. One can often be located through your local extension office. Plant something you have never grown before. If you collected seeds in the fall, put them in the ground. Plant a tree. Learn to prune a tree. Learn about composting. Experiment with an herb garden. Learn to use fresh herbs to cook.  Plant some for their medicinal properties. Learn to landscape with flowers and other plants. If you have limited space, try container gardening.

Go on a nature walk
Look for signs of spring. Listen for bird song. How many can you identify? Look for buds and bulbs beginning to grow. Watch for bugs and signs of animals life.  Enjoy the blue sky.

Start a nature notebook
Visit the canyon, a local farm or zoo, and parks for things to sketch. Try using pencils, watercolors and other mediums. Start watching the sky. When the sun comes up. Chart the weather.

Living science
Order a butterfly cage. Start an earthworm farm. If you are zoned for it, and have the space, get baby chicks or rabbits.  Build a beehive.

Get moving
Put the television away for awhile. Start walking or get out the bikes and helmets. Learn about exercise and heart rates as a family. Teach your kids to play hopscotch, four square, kickball, Duck-duck-goose. Take up a new sport: frisbee, badminton, biking, hiking, basketball.

Spring projects
S
pring cleaning: indoors and outdoors. Learn to repair a bicycle. Learn to make jam. Install a clothes line and hang out a batch of laundry. Help an older neighbor clean their yard.  Clean up the BBQ.

Plan your family vacation
After all they are all educational, aren’t they?

Reading Suggestions

How the Earth Works
This is part of Reader’s Digest series. Watch for all of them. Fantastic hands-on science.

Anything by Holling Clancy Holling.

Field guides. Our favorites are by Golden Press and DK Publishing.

Look for nature books by Seymour Simon.

Eyewitness Books on weather, planets and lots of other nature subjects.

Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte

Back to Basics, Published by Reader’s Digest

Wild Days by Karen Rackliffe

Hang on mom, you’re almost there!

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