11 Jan '12, 5pm

Looking for a way to get the kids excited about going outside? Try this:

Looking for a way to get the kids excited about going outside? Try this:

My nephew Jacob excitedly called me over, with the impatience only an 11-year-old can muster. “You have to check this out,” he exclaimed. He wasn’t urging us to view a new app on his iPad. He wanted us to see his latest find along a river: a set of raccoon tracks . And, as Jacob enthusiastically pointed out, these tracks seemed to be made not by your ordinary, run-of-the-mill raccoon. This thing must have been enormous. A big old boar coon, to be precise. Looking for a new activity to get kids outside ? Tracking may be close to the perfect activity. Jacob and his brother Jack had actually initiated this day’s fun: They asked my wife and me to walk with them on the inch of snow, freshly fallen in northeastern Iowa . Immediately we began seeing tracks : cottontail rabbits, white-tailed deer, red fox, fox squirrel. Wild animals can be difficult to see. But in the snow or mud,...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2012/01/get-kids-outside-tracking/

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