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    I grew up outdoors. Hardly ever came inside, no matter the weather, except to eat, drink or use the bathroom. I envisioned this for my children as well, but somehow, I gave birth to fair-weather kids. Getting them outside to do anything has always been a struggle. My son especially. We've done our best to go camping quite a bit in the summer and skiing in the winter, but other than that, the daily stuff just would not come without a fight.

    I've always dreamed of travel/road schooling, learning science by actually going outside to learn it, and have lots of field trips. It's just NOT what my kids want to do. I have felt discouraged. My husband is a work-a-holic and although we do plan small vacations to the mountains, the daily trips didn't and never will include him.

    I'm nearing the end of my homeschool journey. My youngest will be the only child in a year when both her siblings head off into the world. I've thought about doing some seriously fun things during those last 2 years of high school - including outdoorsy stuff. But I'm keeping my expectations low.
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    We are outdoorsy people in general but the past couple years between both of us working full time and lack of time/funds, we've gotten away from it. We're hoping to get back to it this year. I'm just waiting for it to get warmer since at my age, all the old broken bones and injured muscles hurt when it's too cold.

    We used to camp 4 or 5 times a year. Tent camping but at established campgrounds (usually wooded sites though). We're planning to go to a lake for Memorial Day weekend and hope to go back to Delaware Water Gap, stay on the river and take a rafting trip. We were in Florida in February and did a kayaking trip where we saw manatees. We join a lake every summer and live on a river. We just bought a canoe and have kayaks for the kids and are hoping to canoe on our river.

    Despite being in suburban NJ, we live on a wildlife habitat-certifiable property. Not huge, just under an acre, but we're on a river and most of it is fairly untamed and wooded. We see all kinds of birds, deer, foxes, opossum, raccoons, coyotes, and bears on a regular basis. My dad is a big birder so I grew up hiking through all different county/state/ and national parks. We have a decent size garden and across the river is a county park that we can hike to the top and see NYC. Our local county parks run lots of events for homeschoolers, so we're hoping to do those frequently.

    At home, I have the Nature Connection book and Exploring Nature with Children. I'm hoping to do activities from one or the other or both at least once a week.

    Right now I'm still working on plans and getting back into routine after someone else being their primary teacher for 2 1/2 years. Nature study is one of those things that is high on my list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esmommy2 View Post
    love this idea so much! My son is an indoors kinda kid which I am working on and he doesn't do well with science/math...but if we did something like this over the summer I think it would be so great to get him into it! Im keeping an eye on this thread for sure
    We used to hold off on all science during the homeschool year and then do it all summer long. Science is so much more fun outdoors and it gave me an excuse to get the kids outside almost every day in the summer months - - rain or shine!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonyMs View Post
    Our lives and our omschooling happens outdoors. Sometimes, it's big stuff - watching lambing, hatching chicks, setting up 30 wildlife cams or banding hummingbirds.
    I'd LOVE to know what the banding hummingbirds is about, AnonyMs! If you've already addressed it in the forum somewhere, just tell me to go searching.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    I always think that we're pretty outdoorsy people, but then I meet/hear from the truly outdoorsy and realize that we're not. My husband is a basement-dweller who prefers the glow of his computer monitor to the bright glare of sunshine. He doesn't like heat or bugs or much physical labour, and our kids are a lot like him.

    I have managed to incorporate a healthy amount of fresh air and nature into our lives. We walk the dog daily. The kids help me with the gardening, so they know how vegetables grow. We have a ravine nearby and go for "nature walks" in there fairly often. We love winter, so skiing and sledding are popular here. We go camping (with our trailer) several times a year.

    We aren't quite as outdoorsy as I would like, but I think we've done okay.
    Sounds perfectly outdoorsy to me, and in this day and age when the warm glow of the electric internet is persistently calling, it's impressive when you choose to take time out and not answer!!


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    I just discovered the best resource by thumbing through one of those free regional parenting magazines you sometimes see at grocery stores. There are several state and county parks in my area that have nature centers. At least 2 offer nature programs for homeschool families. There are no less than 3 coming up within the next 2 weeks! There are programs on salamanders, mice, and fish. I'll definitely be signing DD up for at least 1. She'll love the salamander program, especially.
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    We have 1 indoors and 1 outdoors kid! They both love to camp, etc. but one would prefer to be out riding his bike, hiking with Grandpa, gardening with me. His older brother.... we have to make him. He is referred to as the vampire child!LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by Esmommy2 View Post
    love this idea so much! My son is an indoors kinda kid which I am working on and he doesn't do well with science/math...but if we did something like this over the summer I think it would be so great to get him into it! Im keeping an eye on this thread for sure
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    Yep! Like I said, I grew up in middle of nowhere, on a mountain. Had free run of it, out in the early morning, home for dinner. Hubby was raised in a small town, same thing. His parents house is right next to the woods and he grew up hunting and fishing and camping. But, first when we got married my husband was in military. Base housing, etc.Then in order to make a living we had to move to city. We luckily live in the suburbs on a large lot. We have chickens, ducks, turkey, quail, rabbit outside. We have a GIANT garden, fruit trees, and make it a huge part for all of us to work it, as well as the daycare kiddos to help.
    Quote Originally Posted by AnonyMs View Post
    Oh, yeah. Right up our alley. I hiked the AT after high school - so gorgeous. We moved around constantly when I was a kid, but WV remains my favourite for outdoor adventuring. Running straight UP and straight DOWN, grabbing honeysuckle flowers to chew on as I went. I miss honeysuckle. Poison ivy, not so much.

    We live on a farm with pigs, sheep, cows, chickens, dogs and cats. Dh and I work for a research forest. Our lives and our omschooling happens outdoors. Sometimes, it's big stuff - watching lambing, hatching chicks, setting up 30 wildlife cams or banding hummingbirds. As far as hours logged, though, the majority of our time is spent on yard-level kind of stuff. Gardening, soil pits, watching butterflies or mantids (or, unfortunately, giant water bugs) hatch in the aquarium, building snow/pallet/cordwood forts, bird feeder fun, vegetation inventories, blahblahblah.

    I know we are really lucky, but even if we lived in a sub - I think we would still be doing all that yard stuff. I grew up in apartments, and I often wonder how we would manage to omschool WITHOUT a yard. Then I remember that when I was a kid, I had access to green spaces, parks, streams and a patio. We never had the money for aquariums or museum memberships (did they even have science museums for kids in the 70s and 80s??), but even this public school kid spent at least four hours/day outside.
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    My hubby is almost as bad. He gets outside and does stuff for me and likes it once he is out there but his recliner and the TV are his favorite spots. Which is weird because he grew up being an outdoors kid. So did I and once Spring hits and I can be out gardening... I am out there and tend to forget the inside of the house. Ther is ALWAYS something more to do or plan or plot! Of course that may be why he hides inside.... HEHE
    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    I always think that we're pretty outdoorsy people, but then I meet/hear from the truly outdoorsy and realize that we're not. My husband is a basement-dweller who prefers the glow of his computer monitor to the bright glare of sunshine. He doesn't like heat or bugs or much physical labour, and our kids are a lot like him.

    I have managed to incorporate a healthy amount of fresh air and nature into our lives. We walk the dog daily. The kids help me with the gardening, so they know how vegetables grow. We have a ravine nearby and go for "nature walks" in there fairly often. We love winter, so skiing and sledding are popular here. We go camping (with our trailer) several times a year.

    We aren't quite as outdoorsy as I would like, but I think we've done okay.
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    we are night owls so we have done a LOT of outdoor things at night. We've set up bat-houses to watch the bats, my mom bought us some night blooming flowers, we've done tons of star gazing, and our son can identify by hoot several different owls.

    On the day side (no we don't immediately burst into flames on seeing sunlight) we've been spending a lot of time at my parents house and farm helping them decide and plant trees, we did research on and then got to go help pick out baby chickens (and apparently chase them around my parents yard a lot...btw, baby chickens do NOT like spoiled potbelly pigs), and we got to check out their variety of bees (don't ask me, that was my husband's domain). Things will change a bit in the city, but we'll see how it goes.

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