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Family Activities for Nature Hikes

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Is your family getting a bit bored with all the walks you've probably been taking recently? Get your family appreciating the great outdoors a bit more with a planned nature hike. These nature hike activities will get the kids looking at their surroundings in a new light. The best part is, they can be done wherever you may take a stroll—whether it's on a hiking trail at YOGI BEAR'S JELLYSTONE PARK™ in Robert, Louisiana, or walking around your neighborhood. At home, at the campground, or where ever you're enjoying the great outdoors, take your hike to the next level with these themed nature hike activities!

Nature hike bingo

Make a list of the common items you may see on your hike like plants, trees, flowers, and wildlife. Arrange these items on a bingo sheet, including pictures in each square for the younger "cubs" who are just learning how to read. Pass out the cards to each family member before you set out on the open trail. Have family members cross off items they see while on the trail. The first person to get bingo wins a special prize —or simply family bragging rights. This activity is great for younger children to help them explore the nature around them. Download printable nature hike bingo sheets here

Photographic nature walk

This type of nature hike is perfect for the creative ones in your family, inspiring them to look at the great outdoors in a whole new way! It's great for teenagers with their own smartphones who love taking pictures. While strolling along, have each family member take artistic shots of things that stand out to them along the way. Once back home, create collages of the pictures everyone took on the hike. For tweens and teens that are so inclined, encourage them to make a short video of their walk. It's a unique keepsake that will help everyone in your family to remember their camping trip. 

Natural scavenger hunt 

This is a simple activity everyone can participate in. Create a checklist of items you may see on your hike. Then, have your family cross off the items as they see them. Get imaginative and tell your family you're going on a treasure hunt, and the checklist is your treasure map. Have your kids collect the items in a small bag to bring back to the campsite. Then, have everyone show off their "treasure" to the rest of the family! 

Artistic nature hike 

This type of nature hike is great for budding artists in your family. Bring sketchbooks and colored pencils along with you. Stop at a few places along the trail and give everyone 10 to 15 minutes to draw something they see in front of them. Once you're back at the campsite, show off your masterpieces to the rest of the family. Use it as a learning opportunity to show how everyone sees the world differently—even if you're looking at the same landscape! 

Rock art trail

This themed nature hike is inspired by the recent Kindness Rocks Project. It will take a little bit of preparation before your hike, but it will be well worth it! Decorate rocks in bright colors and designs with inspirational messages,Then, bring the rocks with you on your hike and leave them in various places along the trail for other campers to pick up. You'll make someone's day and help show that we're all in this together! 

Camping at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Robert, Louisiana 

Nature hikes are a great way to appreciate the outdoors in a new way. Jellystone Park and our nature trails are open! It is a great place to get some much-needed fresh air while safely practicing social distancing. We'd love to have you join us to get out and enjoy nature. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our campers during this time. Reserve your campsite now

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