Poison Ivy on a Full Moon: 10 Ideas to Celebrate!

Getting poison ivy is no ones idea of a good time, especially not at a full moon celebration! Luckily I just wanted to get your attention! Since you may have joined the 30 Day Nature Challenge, I thought I would offer this little poison ivy cheat sheet I discovered on Facebook. Now in all your outdoor fun, you will avoid getting poison ivy on any moon phase!

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Isn’t this great!! Photo IDs and clever sayings to remember them by! 

There are lots of things going on this month, and week in particular. We have:

The full strawberry moon Friday, June 13;

Get Kids Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 14;

Pollinator Week starts Monday, June 16; and

Saturday, June 21 is the Summer Solstice!

This really is the perfect month to get reacquainted with nature! Even if you don’t get involved in any of these activities formally, you can get involved by using them as themes and motivators for enjoying the natural world with the children in your life in your favorite way! Here are some ideas for celebrating nature this month at home, school, and camp!

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10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Nature in June!

1. Join the 30 Day Nature Challenge and follow their ideas for 30 minutes of nature each day

2. Sit outside for 10 minutes in the morning and count how many different types of birds you see. How many do you know the names of? What can you discover about the birds in your neighborhood?

3. Check out all nature books from the library this month, this goes for both children and adults. May I recommend Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Cross Creek or Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac for adults, Weslandia for children 6-12 and Have you Heard the Nesting Bird for all ages.

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4. Attend a Get Outdoors Day event near you and share the wonders of the outdoors with your friends and family.

5. Have a Day of Fun outside all day day. We do a Day of Fun at least once in the summer. On the Day of Fun, you plan a day of all things to do that are really fun, nothing happens that day that you don’t think is really fun. For us it means no driving, lots of outdoor activities like surfing, canoeing, bike riding, swimming, reading on the beach, a picnic, a fun sweet treat, and a favorite dinner, in or out. It is a jam packed day of all your most fun activities!

6. Plant pollinator friendly flowers in pots or bed at your house and/or in your community and purge your shed of harmful yard pesticides that hurt the invaluable pollinating insects.

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Shrimp plant is a native that is funny because it looks like shrimp and pollinators love it!

7. Start a nature journal and get to know your nearby nature a little better. Journaling will inspire you to get outside more often.

8. Do an outdoor activity that you have always wanted to do but just haven’t gotten around to yet. How about: tubing, rafting, kayaking, going on a particular hike, take a tree climbing lesson from a professional, do a ropes course with friends and family, visit a spring, visit a cave, plant a garden, learn to fish, have a backyard or beyond campout, learn to canoe, go to the beach, or attend a day or overnight camp (children only or family camp).

9. Have a Full Strawberry  Moon moonrise picnic in a spot where you can see the moon rise. The moon rises at 11:14 pm (EST), so maybe you make it more of a romantic adult picnic! Strawberries and champagne anyone? In Eurpoe it is called the full rose moon, so better throw in some roses or rose essence cookies for good measure!

10. Throw a Summer Solstice party. Invite all your friends to an outdoor pot luck to celebrate the longest day of the year!

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Well that should keep you busy this month!! You are now ready to make this summer the most outdoor fantastic summer yet! And you can identify poison ivy, so you have nothing to lose!!

What is your favorite way to have fun outdoors?

Well, get out there!

And when you return, share your adventures in the comments!

Seeds to Sprout:

Join me this month at one of my June tour workshops!

Join the 30 Day Nature Challenge. Check out last week’s blog post and follow my daily outdoor adventures on Instagram and/or Twitter!

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day and find a participating public land site near you!

“Each GO Day event will offer a mix of information centers and “active fun” areas – places where guests, and especially kids, can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. The sites will provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and other interesting creatures. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition. In addition to the GO Day events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.”

Learn more about Pollinator Week , find an event near you, and get lots of great free resources for home and the classroom!

“Seven years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.” 

7 dessert recipes using rose: rose petals, rose water, or rose essence! Yum!!!!!

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