Photo: How to have outdoor winter family fun

Want to make the most of winter? Have we got a challenge for you! (Credit: Katie Loftus)

At this time of year I often wish I were somewhere warm and sunny. In winter, the temperate west coast rainforest experience is, well... dark and wet.

Then I discovered bird bingo!

As keen Winter Family Challenge testers, my two-year old and I saw a huge flock of red-breasted mergansers diving, a double-crested cormorant feasting on a fish — all while a bald eagle perched nearby.

Has your family got what it takes to play bird bingo? Sign up today and join our Winter Family Challenge!

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You'll receive a fun outdoor activity every week for a month, stay connected with the David Suzuki Foundation and meet other families like yours — on Facebook, Twitter (#winterfun) and Instagram. Don't forget to take pictures. Then send us your outdoor family photos for a chance to win prizes!

Learn how to bird watch (play bird bingo), track animals (in the snow or mud), make an ice lantern, and enjoy a winter picnic. A great way to reconnect with family, friends and a reminder that nature is always there for you.

Did you know that outdoor winter play can strengthen the immune system, sharpen the mind and decrease stress? So participating in the Winter Family Challenge can combat the common cold, too!

Where's the best place near you to nurture a nature connection that will last all year? Comment on this blog to win a Queen of Green care package (draw date February 13).

Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

January 21, 2015

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Jan 29, 2015
12:09 PM

Our favourite family spot for playing in nature is the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. It’s open year-round, the trails are walkable for little legs and most importantly the pond is home to a snapping turtle. We’ve seen him once and he remains a regular topic of conservation in our house even on the most wintry days.

Jan 29, 2015
8:52 AM

My favourite place to nurture nature is Mohawk lake in Brantford. Its such an underutilized gem in the city. The waters are heavily polluted but the trees and nature that surrounds it doesn’t seem to mind. In this case the pollution is actually protecting the area from further development.

Jan 29, 2015
8:27 AM

We live in Nova Scotia and 10 minutes from the beach — and making a point of going there throughout all seasons really helps keep a connection to nature for our family.

Jan 28, 2015
11:52 AM

we live pretty close to the edmonton river valley, which is gorgeous in any season! I plan to make more use of it. :)

Jan 22, 2015
6:00 AM

My students here in Lac Seul First Nation love bird bingo :)

Jan 22, 2015
4:38 AM

Burns Bog ♡

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