Family Summer Bucket List

The Outdoor U Family Summer Bucket List offers a variety of activities for families to choose from while they are at home during the pandemic, including indoor and outdoor activities. Print it off and check off the activities as you and your family complete them! Need more ideas on how to complete an item? A list of resources for more information is available below.

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Resources for More Info

Make a campfire and try a new recipe.

Want to try out a new and fun recipe? Check out this PDF for websites and videos to help guide you.

Learn the campfire basics from REI.

Campout near and around your home. Spend overnight in a tent or a fort.

Read this article for seven awesome camping ideas to do with your family in your own backyard.

Take a walk in the rain. Find some worms and get a little wet!

Want to learn about safety tips for walking in the rain? Read this handout.

Go on a family bike ride.

Type in your location on this trail finder to discover a multitude of trails near you. Remember to filter for road biking!

Listen and look for animals/plants living in your area. Identify and learn about them and keep a list of what you find.

INaturalist is a website that helps you identify plants and wildlife.

Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources has an extensive list to help you identify Minnesota plants and animals.

Have a paper airplane contest.

Visit Fold N' Fly to learn all of the folding techniques to create your very own paper airplane. You can even filter for difficulty level!

Track of the phases of the moon together. 

Read all of NASA's information and fun facts on the moon.

Catch fireflies and set them free.

The Firefly Conservation & Research shares their special tips on how best to catch fireflies without harming the small critters.

Build a fort or den outside OR inside. Just be creative and have fun!

Want to learn how to build a fort shaped like a tent? What about a teepee? Visit Woodland Trust's website for tips and tricks.

Keep a family nature journal to remember all of your observations.

What in the heck is a nature journal?! Read this blog to discover what a nature journal is and how to keep one as a family.

Go birding together. Watch and listen carefully. Use the Audubon bird guide to help identify.

Use the Audubon's Bird Guide to help you and your family identify the birds in your area.

Download the Audubon Bird Guide App here.

Paint and hide kindess rocks to spread positivity.

Learn about kindness rocks and become inspired to paint your very own.

Go Geocaching.

Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources lists various resources to help explain Geocaching and the opportunities around Minnesota.

Use this website to sign up and download the app to start you and your family's very own Geocaching adventure.

Plant some seeds to try and grow something or continue to take care of the plants around your home.

Grow a seedling in a toilet paper roll! Whether you are an avid gardner or just starting out, this activity is perfect for the whole family.

Go stargazing and find constellations.

Visit NASA's website to learn some information and other fun facts about constellations.

Download the Skyview app to help you identify stars, planets, satellites, and constellations.

Visit a state or regional park.

Discover new state parks on the Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources' ParkFinder.

Go on a night hike.

Learn night hike basics and safety from REI.

Create some nature art.

Andy Goldsworthy is a Brittish artist and environmentalist. View and learn about his work to gain inspiration.

Download and try out activities in the Nature Passport app.

Nature Passport's goal is to get families outdoors and provides a variety of activities at the tip of your fingers! Download the app here.

Catch, observe, and release caterpillars and butterflies.

Learn about the different stages that caterpillars undergo to become a butterfly! Also learn how to safely raise your own caterpillars.

Go on a family hike!

In need of a new trail? Type your city into AllTrails and filter for hiking to discover all of the trails near you.

Join Outdoor U for Family Trivia on Saturday July 11th at 10AM.

Test your and your family's outdoor knowledge by joining Outdoor U staff for virtual Family Trivia! Sign up here.