Children and Nature

Learn more about how to get children interested and involved in our natural world--and at Land Trust Preserves--in the blog posts below.


Children and nature go together like peanut butter and jelly. To help you get outside and exploring, we've pulled together some resources on how to do just that! Whether you are visiting your backyard, National Forest, or your Land Trust Community Preserves, we want to help you get out there and explore. If you need a hand, join us for free, kid-specific guided hikes and explorations.

Encouraging a Sense of Wonder in Children

May 09, 2018
Spring is here and with it comes a renewed urge to get outside and play. Sadly not everyone has the opportunity to get outside and explore on a regular basis and more often than not it is our children who are missing out. Here's how we can help children get outside and explore the wonder of nature.

Butterflies of Summer

Jun 27, 2016
A butterfly flitting about in a meadow or forest is a sure sign of summer in Central Oregon. The longer, warmer days bring these colorful creatures out in the meadows of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, the woodlands of the Metolius Preserve, and the juniper covered slopes of Whychus Canyon Preserve. Here are a few to watch for this summer.

Bat & Owl Night at Rimrock Ranch

Aug 07, 2013
Tom Rodhouse is an expert on bats, owners Bob and Gayle Baker are the perfect hosts, and the clear skies seemed endless that night. But for me, the stars of the night were not bats, owls, Tom, or the ones twinkling in the sky. The stars were...

Explorer packs

May 08, 2013
Gillian Ockner tells the story of the Land Trust's new Explorer Packs: colorful, recycled packs from Sara Bella that help get kids outside exploring nature.

Your own Hundred Acre Wood

Oct 16, 2012
Worried about keeping the kids interested in the outdoors this fall? Try inspiring them with activities from children's books like Winnie the Pooh.

Water Wonders

Jul 16, 2012
To do the Mud Dance you wriggle to the left and wriggle to the right. But instead of moving smoothly across the dance floor...