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Glamping, treasure hunt are fun, outdoor options

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Spring is here! We are all happy that we can now get outdoors more and enjoy the nice warmer weather. This week I am sharing information about activities you can do with your family this spring and summer and fall, too. These are Glamping and a Springtime Treasure Hunt.

Learn About Glamping!

Do you love the outdoors? Wish you could vacation closer to nature and the outdoors, but are not particularly fond of roughing it or camping?  If this appeals to you, you might enjoy a “Glamping” experience. Next Tuesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension office, Ronda Rex, Campbell County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences will present a program on “Glamping.” Join us for a very interesting program.  

 

Springtime Treasure Hunt

Spring is a great time of year to take walks and explore where you live.  Getting the family out together to enjoy the sunshine and blooming plants and trees can brighten any day. Depending on the age of your children, there are various things that you can do to help them learn more about the world around them.

If you have younger children, take a small basket or bucket with you on a walk and let them fill it with objects they find interesting.  When you get home, take out each of the objects and talk about what was found.  If there is a rock, talk about whether it is a smooth rock or a rough rock. Talk about the different shades of green that are seen, or the different heights of trees.  If your child has collected a few sticks, you could talk about which one is the smallest, and then the biggest.                    Talk about the different sizes and colors of flowers that are blooming in the spring.

If you have older children, talk to them about the different animals and plants they see when going for a walk.  They may see something that you may have missed, if you were by yourself. If you or your child has a cell phone that can take pictures, take pictures of the different plants and animals seen on the walk.  If the children do not recognize a certain one, use the Internet to look up the plant or animal.  You may even want to talk about the different places that animals live in nature.  You may also want to ask questions like: Do they live in nests? Or burrows?  What do the different animals eat? How big does a certain type of tree grow? Springtime is a time for exploration and discussion with you and your family about the wonderful world around you.

Ask a friend, relative or your husband to go with you on your own Springtime Nature Hunt. The outdoors is waiting for you to explore!  

Information for this article was provided by  Nicole Peritore, Extension Physical Activity Program Coordinator, University of Kentucky; College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

 

Upcoming Programs

April 29 – Learn About Glamping! 6 p.m., Carroll County CES 

April 22 – Cooking with Herbs 6 p.m., Carroll County CES

 

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.