In winter it can sometimes be hard to find ways to connect with nature, so I’ve created this winter nature calendar. If you embrace the season and the snow, you’ll find yourself looking forward to doing different types of nature activities that can only be done in this quieter, colder time.
February Nature Calendar Tips:
Of course, many of us live where we don’t have access to maple trees, but I really encourage you to do this if at all possible even if you can only tap one tree. We’ve tapped maple trees through the years and it’s been a rewarding experience that makes winter seem shorter.
A “Listening Walk”
Go for a walk and see how many sounds you can hear. My daughter loves this activity. The Listening Walk is a wonderful book to read before you go.
Wing Prints in the Snow
Birds make prints in the snow with their wings when they take off and land. The best time to look for these is after a fresh snowfall. We found the following wing print one morning after a fresh snow fall. It looks like an owl made a grab for a mouse that had popped through the snow.
The Great Backyard Bird Count
This is an activity where you take 15 minutes and record all the birds you see in a given area. You can do this multiple times and/or in different locations, or you can do it just once. You then submit your information on the GBBC website as part of a collective effort to track bird habits and behavior. Check out Audobon’s website for more information on this.
“Hearts in Nature” Scavenger Hunt
See how many hearts you can find in nature. Once you start looking, you’ll be surprised how many you find.
“What-Don’t-You-See” Nature Walk
Go for a nature walk with your child and ask them what they don’t see that they would see in summer– green grass, flowers, leaves on trees…what can you add to this list?
Make Frozen Bubbles
Maybe I should have put this earlier in the month because you want the coldest temperatures possible. Here are some tips for making them.
- Use chilled bubble solution
- Try to pick a time when temperatures are well below freezing
- Blow a lot of bubbles because most of them will pop before freezing
That’s it. If you want to take photos, it’s helpful if someone else is blowing the bubbles because the bubbles will start to crumble after a while. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting your kids to help.
This calendar was inspired by nature activities I’ve done with my children through the years. Some of the activities also come from the following books and blog articles. If you’re looking for more winter nature activities, you might want to check them out.
- Natural Science Through the Seasons: 100 Teaching Units
- The Listening Walk
- Fun with Nature
- Snowflake Bentley
Other Nature Calendars:
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