Nature Rocks!


Nature Rocks is a national initiative created by REI, The Nature Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, American Heart Association, Children & Nature Network, and ecoAmerica, to inspire and empower parents to get their kids and families out into nature, as spending time in nature can help make you happier, healthier, and smarter. 

They’ve just come out with their Spring Activity Guide [PDF], full of 30-minute and 1-hour activities to do outdoors with your kids, as well as helpful tips and tools.

Here’s a sample activity from the guide:

Frisbee Frenzy
Stay active while you’re waiting for your picnic dinner to come off the grill. Grab 2 paper plates from the table and make your own Frisbee! In addition to the plates, you will need crayons/markers, staples, and scissors. Poke a hole in the center of 2 paper plates so you can cut out the middles of the plates. Line up the plates (eating side to eating side) and staple sides together. Decorate your Frisbee and you are ready to go out and play!


  1. If you have a larger group playing where attention can wander, ask everyone to call out the name of the person they are throwing to so the recipient is ready to catch it!
  2. Once familiar with throwing the Frisbee, add challenge by throwing it longer, shorter, or to the sides for people to run and catch.

The guide will help you plan fun outside, whether it be a 1/2 hour, an hour, or a whole day! There are even tips for a kid-friendly backpacking trip.

Do you try to get out more during the Fall and Spring seasons? Where do you go?

Nature Rocks!

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Nature Rocks is an initiative created to inspire and empower parents across the country to take their families to play, explore, and enjoy quality time in nature. Nature Rocks has been designed to ensure that all families – regardless of budget, kids’ ages, or experience – can plan affordable and fun activities in nature that encourage family bonding and nurture happier, healthier, and smarter children.

As part of its efforts to empower parents to take their kids outside, Nature Rocks introduces its 2009 Summer Nature Staycation Planning Guide. Available at, this free guide provides parents and caregivers with information and tools to enjoy no- or low-cost summer vacations in nature that are close to home. 

Developed through a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, REI, The Children & Nature Network, and ecoAmerica, Nature Rocks is designed to to inspire and empower families to play and explore in nature — as fun, family bonding in nature helps kids become happier, healthier, and smarter.

The Web site,, provides parents over 100 fun, inexpensive, interesting, and safe activities based on specific criteria including location, kids’ ages, and time available. Additionally families can find activities in their immediate area via an easy zip code search tool. Because of its range of activities, Nature Rocks ensures that all families, whether outdoor enthusiasts or nature novices, can get involved in nature the way that suits them best. 

What do you like to do in nature with your kids during summer?