Activities for Families

Cover for the Nature Activities for Families guideNature is a great teacher!  Try these activity ideas from Project Learning Tree to connect the children in your life to the outdoors and nature.

Suitable for children ages 3 – 15, some activities work better for younger children, others are more suited for older children. The way you present them will change depending on your child’s knowledge and ability.

Download each Family Activity individually below, or purchase this printed guide that contains a collection of more than 30 fun and easy-to-do activities.

A family look through binoculars while walking in the forest

Walking in the Forest

Play detective on your next walk in the woods and discover how plants grow, age, decay, and more.

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Families enjoy a local park

Exploring a Local Park

Get in touch with trees in your local park and use these family activities to take a closer look.

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Young girl behind a tree peers around its trunk.

In Your Own Backyard

Uncover nature’s diversity in your own backyard. Look, listen, and meet your natural neighbors.

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A teacher shows a bird nest to five students inside a classroom

When All Else Fails, Inside

Give these activities a try. They are great for a rainy day or when you just can’t get outside.

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A young African American girl sorts tins to put in a blue recycling bin held by her mother.

Around Your Home

Discover ways to green your home – and save money – with these questions and tips.

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Teaching with i-Tree

Learn about the many ecosystem services that trees provide.

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