When hiking, let children lead at their own pace and stop frequently to observe plants, animals and the views, as well as listen to the sounds of nature. Take loads of snacks and plenty of water. Let the kids carry some of their hiking needs in their own packs. Encourage youngsters to stay in the group and stay on the trails to avoid getting lost and to protect the plants and reduce erosion.
When canoeing, children must wear life jackets, so set an example and wear one as well. Go prepared and take a camera. Make this a fun outing for every member of your family.
All too often, kids spend their time inside playing video games and using their computers. This challenge will get them outside in the fresh air and give them a different view of the world around them.
Today’s hectic life doesn’t leave much family time, either. The Catskill Adventure is something families can do together. Gosh, imagine even getting a little exercise. Kids will love earning the colorful patch and you’ll experience an adventure that will provide memories for the rest of their lives.
Check it all out on the DEC website. Go to the Catskill Forest Preserve page (www.dec.ny.gov/lands/5265.html) and get all the information.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.