How to Connect With the Outdoors While at Home
By Sidney Hauck, Recruitment Capacity Building Specialist/ AmeriCorps Member with Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa through the Individual Placement program
- Go for a walk around your neighborhood while staying at least 6 feet away from everyone else.
- Draw or paint your favorite nature scene. Bob Ross rules apply, “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”
- Open the windows and breathe the fresh air and listen to the birds.
- Set up a campsite in your living room and spend a night “camping”. Eat some jerky on the hike there!
- Try to create #OurGreatIndoors like Erin Sullivan (@erinoutdoors) with the objects laying around the house.
- Have the DNR EagleCam Livestream on in the background while you work.
- Take photos of the local wildlife (aka pets, stuffed animals, or birds outside your window).
- Take a virtual tour of Minnesota parks, trails, and water trails.
- Read a book about the outdoors, whether its activism or an adventure.
- If you spend a lot of your time on Instagram, follow accounts that are focused on the outdoors. My favorites are: