By Megan Colarossi
Mother Nature often takes a backseat in our hectic lives, but let's take a moment and change that. There are so many cool and fun ways to incorporate nature in your family's everyday lives. From camping in the backyard to star-gazing from your child's bedroom window, it doesn't take much to enjoy the simple beauty around us and spark your kids' interest.
1. GET THEM INTERESTED AT A YOUNG AGE
Kids like stuff — take them outside and let them start a collection; Leaves, rocks, anything that's appealing to young eyes and hands. It can be as simple as collecting natural items in small bags and taking them home to sort and describe. "You have to appeal to the little hoarder in your child," says Willie Geist.
2. LET THEM GET DIRTY
Kids never shy away from mud. Planting is a good way to get their hands dirty, and they can have the excitement of checking their plants daily to see if they've bloomed yet. You can always wash their hands later.
Start a modern-day treasure hunt by heading to geocaching.com and locating a hidden treasure in your area. Follow the online coordinates and clues, locate the hidden treasure, and be sure to put it back for the next hunter.