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Going on a walk with other people is a fantastic way to relax, spend time with others, exercise and connect with your surroundings. If you live near a park or some trails, these are excellent places to discover local wildlife in your region. It’s not a problem if you do not have easy access to a park or trails. You would be surprised at how much you can discover just from going around the block!
Nature walks don’t have to be long — even a quick 10-minute walk can make a big difference to your physical and mental well-being. It can clear your mind, relieve stress and stretch your muscles. After your walk you may be in a better mood, have more energy and better concentration. Short walks can be a wonderful break between busy things that are going on at home, at work or at school. Not only will you feel better, but you will notice all those expressions of nature in your neighborhood or community. By sharing your discoveries with the people around you can learn from them and they can learn from you.
Some tips for a fun and safe group walk
Remember to bring:
- A hat
- Comfortable shoes/sneakers
- Bug repellent
- If you go for a long walk, apply sunblock and wear long sleeves and pants.
- Remember to check the weather; bring some extra layers like a coat and a hat or an umbrella if it might rain.
- Your nature journal
When you go out for a walk it is very important to be aware of where you are. Always let someone know where you are going on a walk, when you are going, who you are going with and how long you plan to be walking. You always want to make sure that someone you trust knows where you are in case something were to happen. We recommend making sure that your walk is done in a safe area. If you go to an isolated place never go alone! Not only is it safer to go with other people but it’s also a fantastic way to spend time with your friends, colleagues or family. Outdoor spaces can also be extraordinary classrooms and great ways to learn. You can share your observations with each other and learn together about your local environment. If you would like to enjoy nature and meet some new people in your community, many organizations such as Outdoor Afro, Latino Outdoors, and Venture Out Project create wonderful outings.
If you have binoculars, a magnifying glass or a camera you can bring them, too. These are great tools to help you with your Nature Watch. Take breaks to watch birds, trees, insects, and any other form of wildlife that catches your attention. You can take photos with your camera or phone. Discover the wonders of nature around you. They are everywhere! If you like sketching or taking notes you can also take breaks to enjoy these activities. If you have a Nature Journal, this is a great time to bring it along!
Have a fun and safe nature walk!
Written by Ashley Calderón, Julia Luna, and Corey Hasson. Edited by Debra Nero.