Exploring and Learning About Nature During Autumn

Exploring and Learning About Nature During Autumn

It is officially autumn in England. Walking outside we find the leaves all around our feet as we move about. The leaves have changed into bright and beautiful colors of yellow, orange, red, and brown.

The air has started to give off a chill which we will now have to get used to as the cold winter is not far off.

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Our family enjoys spending time outside and with the weather becoming cooler we may still spend as much time outside as we did when the days were warmer.

If you are interested in exploring and learning about nature during autumn, then just check out the following ten activities that my family and I have done and are still doing. 

1. Go on a hike

With incredible foliage colors and crisp air, a family hike could be the perfect way to spend a day. While out and about, take turns pointing out any interesting things along your journey. You may find falling leaves of various colors, shapes, and sizes, wild animals such as squirrels foraging for food, and more.

2. Plant bulbs

Planting bulbs in the fall is a great way to learn the value of planning ahead. With many flowers not blooming until Spring, we can take time needed to plan and prepare our gardens. Thinking about the type of flowers you want to plant, choosing the area to plant the seeds, and preparing the soil are all things that the entire family can be involved in. In addition to all this work is the fun and sensory experience of working your fingers in the soil and feeling around the soft cool dirt.

3. Create unique home decor

Explore your backyard, parks, and even your street to hunt for leaves, twigs, acorns, pinecones, and other dry nature items to collect. Let everyone have their own container to fill up with items that will serve as valuable crafts and home decor items. Some great projects to do together are candle holders, wreaths, table centerpieces, and more.

4. Make a bird feeder

Autumn means that there will be less food going around for our little bird friends so why not make a bird feeder. A good feeder will bring lots of different species of birds into your garden so your family can enjoy watching and at the same time learn more about them.

5. Go on a nature scavenger hunt

While outside we are literally surrounded by leaves that continue falling to the ground along with acorns, pinecones, and more. Make a list of items that are of a particular color, size, or shape to make it more fun and challenging at the same time. 

6. Build an insect home

Now is the perfect time to build a bug house with your children. Our children love watching bugs move around to see what it is they do on the move. Building a place for these bugs to call home during the cooler months are crucial for helping beneficial insects thrive.

7. Spiderweb Observation

Looking at spiderwebs is a fun activity for all ages. You can easily find spiderwebs without leaving your backyard. We have some living in our garden among bushes and plants. You may even find them just outside your windows, doors, or on the patio. They are simple enough to find and there is so much to learn just from observing them. 

8. Exercise

Feel the warm sun on your face and breathe in the fresh cool air while simply walking around or kicking a ball around. 

9. Have a picnic

An easy way to enjoy a sunny autumn day together? Pack a simple lunch and enjoy it in or near a wooded area, a nature reserve, or a park. 

10. Give back

Whether it be helping to rake your neighbors' leaves, picking up litter outside, or leaving food for squirrels and other wildlife you and your family will be making a difference. It's just another way you will be exploring and learning about nature.

Exploring and Learning About Nature During Autumn

What do you do for exploring and learning about nature during autumn?


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