We're all guilty of the odd bad habit (I chew my nails).
This fall, the David Suzuki Foundation is asking 5,000 families to take up a new, healthy habit — to spend the next four weeks getting hooked on nature!
I know. You've got piano lessons, hockey practice, supper to make and cell phone bills to pay — and, for goodness' sake, someone please walk the dog!
Luckily, we've made this new habit easy to get into.
Here are four fun and easy ways to enjoy your neighbourhood and start thinking about your connections to nature:
Week 1: Food miles for the family: Visit a local farmers' market to see the bounty of the fall harvest.
Week 2: Discovering nature has limits: Hike through the fall colours, explore nature's wonders and learn to respect its limits.
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Week 3: Water, water everywhere: Hunt down ponds, streams and puddles in your neighbourhood to start off a conversation about the importance of water in nature and our lives.
Week 4: Home heat blow'n with the wind: Pull on sweaters and hunt for drafts around your home to help fight climate change.
Each activity has been adapted from the David Suzuki Foundation's new educational guide for grades four to six. The free guide has already received praise from the Ontario Ministry of Education and will be used by teachers across Ontario this fall to help get students outside.
We hope you'll enjoy the guide and pass it on to your favourite teachers, too. It's time to take your kids into nature and create lasting childhood memories.
How will you make time to be outside with your family?
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Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green