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.
Resources for More Info
- Make a campfire and try a new recipe.
- Campout in and around your home. Spend overnight in a tent or fort.
- Take a walk in the rain. Find some worms and get a little wet!
- Go on a family bike ride.
- Listen and look for animals/plants living in your area. Identify and learn about them and keep a list of what you find.
- Have a paper airplane contest.
- Track the phases of the moon together.
- Catch fireflies and set them free.
- Build a fort or den outside OR inside. Just be creative and have fun!
- Keep a family nature journal to remember all of your observations.
- Go birding together. Watch and listen carefully. Use the Audubon bird guide to help identify.
- Paint and hide kindess rocks to spread positivity.
- Go Geocaching.
- Plant some seeds to grow something or continue to take care of the plants around your home.
- Go stargazing and find constellations.
- Visit a state or regional park.
- Go on a night hike.
- Create some nature art.
- Download and try out activities in the Nature Passport app.
- Catch, observe, and release caterpillars and butterflies.
- Go on a family hike!
- Join Outdoor U for Family Trivia on July 11th at 10AM.
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.
Read this article for seven awesome camping ideas to do with your family in your own backyard.
Want to learn about safety tips for walking in the rain? Read this handout.
Type in your location on this trail finder to discover a multitude of trails near you. Remember to filter for road biking!
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.
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!
Read all of NASA's information and fun facts on the moon.
The Firefly Conservation & Research shares their special tips on how best to catch fireflies without harming the small critters.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about kindness rocks and become inspired to paint your very own.
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.
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.
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.
Discover new state parks on the Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources' ParkFinder.
Learn night hike basics and safety from REI.
Andy Goldsworthy is a Brittish artist and environmentalist. View and learn about his work to gain inspiration.
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.
Learn about the different stages that caterpillars undergo to become a butterfly! Also learn how to safely raise your own caterpillars.
In need of a new trail? Type your city into AllTrails and filter for hiking to discover all of the trails near you.
Test your and your family's outdoor knowledge by joining Outdoor U staff for virtual Family Trivia! Sign up here.