Summer is winding down, and August may just be our last chance to get outdoors and explore before the season turns to autumn.
Since factors such as extreme hot weather and smoke may affect actual outdoor plans, I’ve compiled a variety of potential activities that fit different weather situations. Think you can’t explore nature from your couch? Think again!
JUMP START YOUR EXPLORATION
First stop at your local library. Head towards the shelves for section 796.51 to see what local hiking books we have available. Or ask at the desk for a local favorite outdoor recommendation. This is also a good time to ask if we have a Discover Pass for parking at Washington State Parks available for checkout! If you can’t make it into the library, you’ll find great titles about the outdoors on these OverDrive booklists Out & About in the PNW and The Great Outdoors.
Go to a park. Our region is covered in parks of all shapes and sizes. If your family is anything like mine, you’ll want to head for one of the parks that will satisfy all: ample hiking trails, maybe some water access, and of course a playground (mandatory!).
Try your hand at GeoGuessr, the game where you are virtually “dropped” somewhere in the world and have to explore via Google maps to try to identify your location!
EXPLORE NEARBY PLACES
Visit the Washington State Parks website to check out all the excellent state parks. Narrow your search by location, or needs, and then go forth and explore. Explore walking and hiking adventures near county libraries shared by fellow blogger Caitlin for south and north county locations.
Go camping. You don’t have to go far, even your backyard will bring new perspective. There are several inexpensive or free campgrounds not far from town. Check out this list of local campgrounds from PlanetWare.
Watch the birds (and maybe other wildlife) at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Or in your own backyard! Want to learn more about bird song? Pick up a copy of Crow Not Crow to learn how to play a simple bird identification game. You can listen to specific bird songs on The Cornell Lab K-12 education website.