Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekend Warriors

Mother Nature is beckoning us to be outside.  It is warm and green and your state and local parks await you and your family.  Parks are a great way to connect with your child.  You and your child can observe plant and animal life, listen to forest sounds, take photos and even record or sketch observations.

Here are few ideas--
*Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, footwear and head gear.
*Bring a small notebook for sketches or observations.
*Bring a camera/phone, binoculars or a magnifying glass.  Don't want your child carrying around your phone?  They still make disposable cameras!
*Bring a backpack and ziploc bags for collecting (where allowed).
*Invite another family to go with you.
*Bring water and snacks.
*More ideas and information---http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/get-outdoors-family/

Need a destination?  Here are just few parks you and your child can explore this spring and summer---

Allerton Park  is one of the seven wonders of Illinois.

Starved Rock State Park  just a little over an hour north and one of the seven wonders of Illinois.

Jubilee State Park is located near Brimfield.

Wildlife Prarie State Park  is an excellent way to see native Illinois animals in their habitat.

Fon du Lac Farm Park  located in East Peoria has animals, playgrounds and more.

Forest Park Nature Center  and Detweiller Park are part of the Peoria Park District.

Go out and enjoy Mother Nature with your child!

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