5 Spring Activities For The Entire Family
1. BUILD AND TEST PUDDLE RAFTS
Spring isn’t spring without some puddles to play in! Kids can learn all about buoyancy with hands-on play! Watch our PUDDLE RAFTS YouTube video for ideas on how to build 3 kinds of puddle rafts, or get inspired to test your own ideas. Kids can experiment with different materials buoyancy – wood, bottle caps, plastic, cardboard, etc. Decorate your rafts with feathers or leaves or home made flags.
2. TRY GEOCACHING!
There are over 80 geocaches within 5 km of Drayton Valley, including 5 in Willey West Campground. Geocaching is a year round, free scavenger hunt that you can do on your own and it’s a lot of fun for kids as well as adults! Make sure you follow proper geocaching etiquette – never share the location of a geocache you find, put geocaches back exactly where you found them, with the lid on properly. If you want to take an item from the geocache, you must put something of equal or higher value back. Get the geocaching app on your phone and go find all the hidden treasures!
3. CHECK OUT THE TRAILS IN EAGLE POINT PROVINCIAL PARK
Spring means longer daylight hours and warmer weather! Enjoy Alberta’s spectacular sunsets & spring evenings by taking the family out for an afternoon hike in Eagle Point Provincial Park. Remember to dress properly and make sure you’ve got rubber boots! Try Rotary-Pembina Nordic Trails South – four trail loops progress from easy to challenging, with mixed woods forest and views of the North Saskatchewan River below. Hilltop Trails, on the road to Willey West Campground is a wilder version, with narrow woodland trails (2 loops). Visit the Pembina Nordic Centre once the snow melts and you can walk or bike on a variety of easy to difficult ski trails or single track trails there.
4. START YOUR OWN NATURE JOURNAL
Spring is the perfect time to begin a Nature Journal! Journalling is a great way to form a deeper, more personal connection to our natural world and can help relieve anxiety and stress while developing our senses. You can use a lined or plain notebook or download our free My Nature Journal . Print off the booklet or just the pages that inspire you.
5. DISCOVER BIRDS!
There is no better time than spring to take up the hobby of birding! Migrating birds return from their southern and coastal habitats from early March to mid May and we are wake to a morning chorus of robins, sparrows, warblers, black-birds and more! Get a Bird Identification book or app, borrow or buy a pair of binoculars, head out to your nearest trail or wetlands, park or backyard. We encourage new birders to participate in Global Big Day on May 14/2022 with our Eagle Point team.
Tree Swallow. Photo by Pete Nudj via Unsplash.