Two kids are exploring the outdoors. One is gardening. The other is examining an insect.

In today's digital age, it's easy for children to spend more time indoors glued to screens than exploring the world outside. However, stepping outdoors offers a myriad of benefits for children's learning and development. As parents, encouraging your kids to spend time in nature can be one of the most enriching experiences you can provide.

The natural world is a dynamic and ever-changing classroom. Unlike the static environment of a room or a screen, the outdoors offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. From observing different plants and animals to experiencing the changing seasons, each outdoor excursion presents new lessons waiting to be learned.

Here are some ways to build your child's love for the outdoors:

  • Help kids investigate the changing seasons. Celebrate the new colors of Spring. Unleash your inner adventurer in Summer. Let Fall's crisp air awaken a new sense of wonder. Layer up and share some Winter wonderland activities.
  • Find projects to pursue in the PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors Collection.
  • Take advantage of your library card and borrow a Georgia State Parks Pass from your local library.
  • If you are an educator, help your students' families prepare for a long break with these summer resources.

It's important to prioritize outdoor time for your children, even in today's fast-paced world. Whether it's a trip to the local park, a hike in the woods, or simply exploring your own backyard, every moment spent outdoors is an opportunity for learning and growth. So, put down the screens, step outside, and watch as your children's curiosity and creativity soar in nature's classroom.