Forays into nature tend to produce some of my family's happiest "remember forever" moments. Whether hiking trails, exploring nature centers, bird-watching or leaf-collecting, these interactions with nature seem to draw us closer together, reinforcing our bond while having a whole lot of fun.
Research shows that amazing benefits flow from exploring nature as a family. According to the Children and Nature Network, connecting with nature not only provides physical and mental health benefits, but it also nurtures family bonds and encourages kids to respect and protect the earth.
However, a recent study by the Outdoor Foundation found that children's interest and experience with the outdoors is on the decline, and a Nature Conservancy poll found only 10 percent of kids report daily outdoor activity.