Enjoying Nature in the City
Be At One With Nature
Do you live in the big city, but long for wide-open spaces? Maybe you just want to give your kids a taste of the natural world before it's all gone? Don't have any idea where to start?
1. Plant flowers or a garden. There is an urban movement happening where home owners plant vegetable gardens any place they can, usually on their roof! If you don't have a backyard, you can use your roof, or you can create a "garden-in-a-box," which is exactly what it sounds like. Get the right soil, sow the seeds in a container big enough for roots to spread and the plants to sprout, and you'll be growing your own, self-sustaining veggies in no time! Talk about being well on your way to self-sufficiency! Yay for going green!
You can also have window boxes full of bright-colored flowers to brighten up a gloomy street or neighborhood. Choose perennials; they'll come back every year!
2. Take the kids to the park with your dog. Push them on the swings, spin on the merry-go-round, climb the monkey bars, and pretend you're a kid again! Bring a frisbee and play "keep away" from the dog! Enjoy being outside with the green grass, the blue sky, and your family for a day. Bring a picnic and all of you have a sit-down, family meal outside. (Don't forget to bring kibble for Fido, or he'll be begging for deli meat!)
3. Go to a conservatory to look at the beautiful exotic plants, or an observatory and take a star-watching tour! A fun & educational trip the whole family will remember for years to come. Go when there's an extra-special event happening, like an exotic butterfly show or a meteor shower. But you may have to buy tickets in advance, or reserve your spots!
4. Visit an outdoorsy store. Go to an outdoor sporting gear & clothing store, like R.E.I. or the North Face, to meet people who engage in such activities on a regular basis. These workers know their stuff! Will you not only catch the "outdoor fever" by being around all the outdoor equipment, but you'll be able to pump the workers for information about the nearest hiking trails, lakes, campgrounds, and nature walks. They will probably know, or will at least be able to point you to someone who will.