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This weekend, visit one of the 41 Audubon Centers in the U.S. Although they are all a little different, each provides opportunities to learn about birds and their habitats. Click HERE to find an Audubon Center near you.    Photo by davidpwhelan

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This weekend, head out to a nearby county, state, or national park, and volunteer to help. You can pick up litter, greet visitors, conduct tours, work at special events, work in the gift shop, or maintain a beach, waterway, or trail. Check out these websites to get started:  US Forest Service Volunteer Program  Volunteer Events …

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This weekend, find out just what kind of trees are growing in your yard and around your house. First, create a “map” of your yard, indicating where each tree is located. Next, gather small sandwich baggies to collect several leaves from each tree. Number each baggie with a black sharpie. Now it’s time to head …

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This weekend, make plans on how to celebrate the 4th outdoors! You could host a get-together with food and games, visit a new park, go on a bike ride, hike a new trail — it’s up to you! With a plan in place, you’ll be ready to celebrate! 

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Now that summer’s officially arrived, celebrate with a splash party! Invited friends and neighbors over to cool off with some of these ideas:  10 Fun Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Water Park DIY Water Wall  DIY Water Blob Kiddie Car Wash Sponge Bulls Eye Water Gun Cup Races    Photo by lisaleo

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What kind of natural objects catch your? Chances are, you’ve come across some interesting finds.  This weekend, use those objects to start your own nature collection. They might include a bird’s nest, a sea shell, part of an old hive, a turtle shell, feathers, or a piece or quartz. Use nature guides and reference books …

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Dust off your fishing pole and tackle box. Then head to a local lake or pond and go fishing. Be sure to check fishing license requirements for your state before you go.    Photo by joelpyle

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This weekend, get together some friends or family members and learn a new game! Here are some you may not have played before: Bocci Ball Disc Golf Kanjam Horseshoes Cornhole   Photo by garrygraham  

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Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the books you’ve been wanting to read. It’s also the time libraries sponsor summer reading programs. So this weekend, create a special reading space in your backyard or on your patio. It could be as simple as finding the perfect tree or hanging up a …

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It’s still spring, and the perfect time to plant sunflowers for the summer. But instead of planting them in a neat rows, consider turning them into a sunflower house! Here are some ways you can do it:  Plant a Sunflower House Building a Sunflower House with Kids Creating a Sunflower Fort    Photo by kburrgraf1

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This mother’s day, help mom enjoy some time outdoors. Here are some ideas:  Set up a hammock so she can read or nap outside  Take a hike together Have a picnic  Visit a new park  Go for a family bike ride Play Frisbee golf  Go kayaking or canoeing Pick a wildflower bouquet together Attend an …

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Spring is blooming! Visit your local library and check out some flower identification books. Then find some wildflowers in your area and identify what kind they are. You may want to take along a nature journal to make a record of what you see.    Photo by Fracticality

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This weekend, find a local farm to visit. Since it’s springtime, chances are you’ll get to see some calves, lambs, or kids while you’re there.    Photo by carolwerner   

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This weekend, head outdoors with your favorite color of chalk and get creative! If you don’t have a paved driveway or sidewalk, ask around to see if there’s somewhere else you could draw. The local churches, the  library, or a  community center might be willing to share their space, especially if you have a group …

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Grab your cameras and cell phones! Using forced perspective, you can create photos with fun optical illusions. For ideas and more information on how to get started, check out these sites:  Easy Trick Photography Even a Kid Can Do  Secret Tip: Forced Perspective Photography 7 Tips for Creating Excellent Forced Perspective Photographs 

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This weekend, find a creek in a park and follow it. Take a phone or camera along to photograph what you find.    Photo by Anugama

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This weekend, make your own butterfly feeder. There are lots of directions for different types of feeders online. Here’s one to try. All you need is a plastic 2-liter bottle, a hole punch, a needle, some string, hot glue and a glue gun, a cotton ball, and some artificial flowers. Other DIY feeders you can …

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This weekend, see what kinds of textures you can find in the bark of the trees around your home or neighborhood. Take along some paper and crayons to record the textures with bark rubbings. If you already know the type of tree it is, write it down on the back. If not, take along a …

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What wild birds live near your home? Take a walk in a park and see what feathers you can find. Then try to identify them using The Feather Atlas by the Fish and Wildlife Service.     Photo by Bryan Hanson  

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Spring is in the air — hopefully it’s showing up in your weather forecast, too! This weekend, enjoy the warmer temperatures by letting your creativity flow, and build some fairy houses! You can use just mud, twigs, hand grass; you can use a few extra supplies such as glue, hot glue, a sharpie, and string;or you could start off with a basic structure and adding natural embellishments.  Photo by cherniedurbin

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