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 from April-November for free, kid-specific guided hikes and explorations.

Tips for hiking with kids

Jun 17, 2021
For those of you with kids, this week heralds the arrival of summer. Like many Central Oregon parents, one of my favorite outdoor activities is taking some summer hikes with my kids. Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years to plan a successful hiking trip with your kids—especially the small ones.

What makes an insect an insect

Feb 01, 2021
What is an insect anyway? Check out just what makes these skittering, buzzing, and chirping animals so amazing. Then, join us for our February Nature Night to learn even more about the importance of insects!

Winter crafts for kids

Dec 09, 2020
Do you have some extra time on your hands with the kids at home permanently? Check out these fun winter crafts led by Land Trust volunteer Zoe Mowry.

Observing Nature from a Sit Spot

Oct 10, 2020
Learn from volunteer naturalist and retired teacher, Susan Prince, how the young and young at heart can connect more deeply with nature by finding and returning to a ‘Sit Spot.’

Halloween is Canceled

Oct 09, 2020
Halloween is canceled. This year instead of gaggles of costume-clad children collecting gobs of candy in the neighborhood, we are preparing for Halloween the Pandemic Version. Here are a couple of ways to celebrate fall and spooky fun outside in nature and help rescue that favorite fall holiday.

Guide to the Perfect Picnic

Jul 06, 2020
Summer if the best time for a picnic! Whether you’re in your backyard or out on the trail, alone or sharing with a loved one, here are some tips for the perfect picnic.