We would really like to convey how happy we are to be ambassadors for Nature Rocks. It's an amazing resource for helping families get outside and actively engaged with the natural environment. They are now under the ever-growing umbrella of The Nature Conservancy, which will further the Nature Rocks reach. It's a real honor to be able to contribute in a small way to their mission and growth.
There are several really wonderful ambassadors that also contribute for Nature Rocks. We'll highlight a few of them as we post throughout the next several days, as well as a few other family bloggers dedicated to being nature inspired families. The following is the first post of a six-post series on playing and learning in the urban outdoors. They will be short and sweet, and we will welcome all the conversation, ideas, and questions you can muster.
Urban Outdoors: An Introduction
Our family loves to head out to hike remote trails as often as we can or paddle waterways in our kayaks. There’s a great sense of connection with the planet and with each other when we’re trekking beneath canopies of trees, floating on quiet creeks, and eating lunch at the edge of a cliff or on the rocky banks of a river. We love everything about those types of experiences. However, those types of experiences aren’t always practical for us.
We live near downtown Nashville, TN and both work full-time, so we have to pack as much outdoor fun as possible into the weekday evenings and weekends. We tend to save our more distal and remote adventures for weekends and vacations when we have the travel time. The majority of our time spent connecting to nature is spent, by necessity, in more urban settings.
The urban outdoors aren’t as quiet or sparse, but they still offer a connection to the natural world, albeit in a much different way. What we love about the urban outdoors is that we can get there just by walking out our front door and into our yard. If we didn’t have a yard we could take a two to ten minute drive or bus ride to access a lot of really good outdoor experiences like greenways, natural playgrounds, man-made playgrounds, city parks, the river, nature centers, downtown (yes, there are even opportunities to find nature in downtown areas!), university campuses and many others.
Over the next five days we will highlight a few of our favorite outdoor activities that prove nature rocks, even in the city! The urban outdoors offer a connection to the place you live, the people you share it with and the rest of the world waiting beyond the city limits. We hope this will help encourage you to find out how nature rocks in your urban outdoors and help encourage you to show others how much fun the urban outdoors can be.
Please feel free to comment, leave suggestions and ideas, as questions, and share experiences. We would love to have a week-long (and more) conversation about the urban outdoors!
How about you, do you live in an urban setting? If so, where?
Thanks for stopping by!
Pablo and Nea
This is our 1st of 6 posts on urban outdoors for Nature Rocks. Part 2 is University Campuses followed by Natural Playgrounds, Greenways, Dowtown and More Fun Ideas. We couldn't leave it at 6, so here's a bonus post - Sunset Walks.
For those of you who aren't familiar with us or this little blog, here's a brief introduction. We're educators who have been together for ten years, married for seven, and parents to a beautiful daughter for two. Now that we have a toddler we try to see everything through her eyes, because it truly does make it all new and more miraculous. It really is a beautiful world, especially when we are able to enjoy it together.