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Explore nature in your backyard and beyond

Time spent outdoors in nature can have many health benefits, including reducing stress and increasing cardiovascular health.

Here are some Extension sponsored activities as well as opportunities from recommended sources to give you and your family ideas for fun and educational things to do at home, nearby, inside or outside.

Get outside


Contribute to citizen science

Scientists need your help in documenting and understanding nature. All you need is a smart device (computer, tablet or smartphone) and keen observation skills.


Exploring nature online

If you don't have access to outdoor spaces, try these indoor activities online.


Reviewed in 2023

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