Summer Family Activities – Go Outside and Do Something Fun!

Though we normally discuss volunteer opportunities, sometimes it is just nice to observe nature around us.  This week we’re sharing some activities and organizations we hope to enjoy this summer. One family favorite activity is to spend time exploring our country’s beautiful parks and trails. 

The Sea Turtle Preservation Society offers Turtle Walks to the public several nights a week during the months of June and July.  Upon arrival, a video presentation about native sea turtles is shown. After this, if you’re lucky, a scout takes you out to the beach to watch a Loggerhead turtle lay her eggs.


Spat counter at Coastal Research Volunteers

Coastal Research Volunteers matches volunteers with researchers to work on a variety of funded projects in the New Hampshire Seacoast and surrounding watersheds. One favorite activity is the Horseshoe Crab Survey, which helps to track the spawning and populations of crabs in the region.

As early as Earth Day, the Nature Conservancy begins to offer programs to connect with nature.  To take some time to hike and explore nature check out their calendar for events in your area.

Warmer nights make for perfect star gazing.  The Wilderness Center Astronomy Club (WCAC) is a group of amateurs promoting the knowledge and enjoyment of astronomy.  They offer astronomy education for students and their teachers, kids and their families.


Oyster Restoration Program at Coastal Research Volunteers

Want an all around Earth-y experience?  The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers an Earth Camp that opens young eyes and minds to all the wonder that surrounds us.  From earth to sea, and sky and home this camp offers a hands on exploration of the world.

These are just a few ideas, check for more as summer nears.  If you have great programs you’d like to share, please send them to

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