Go beyond the backyard and explore a national park or preserve.

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Natural Wonders
Whether you live near rocky mountains, sandy beaches or the Great Plains, there's a nature preserve or national park nearby. Go beyond the backyard and explore more of our great planet. Pack a picnic lunch, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. Join a guided tour, or head out on your own with a book of local flora and fauna.

To incorporate arts and crafts, bring along chunky crayons and white paper. Ask your children to collect an assortment of leaves, and then create leaf rubbings using the colors of the rainbow.

Many parks offer bike and boat rentals, so if your legs grow weary, explore the terrain with a different means of transportation.
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