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.

My attempt at Paper Bag Canyon.

  • Take photos of the local wildlife (aka pets, stuffed animals, or birds outside your window).

My cats Niffin and Smol. (L-R)

  • Take a virtual tour of Minnesota parks, trails, and water trails.
  • Read a book about the outdoors, whether its activism or an adventure.


I’m currently reading “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.