Activities

Check back regularly for new activities you can do on your own or with your family

Nature Journal

Forest Bingo

Acorn Target Practice

If you have enjoyed these activities, please consider visiting the Donate tab and making a small donation to  Rensselaer Youth Outdoors.

Resources

Hiking

There are lots of publicly owned lands that are open for hiking and recreation.  A comprehensive list with links can be found on the Get Outside Page of the website of our partner, the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.

Remember to maintain 6 feet of space between you and anyone outside of your family group.  If a public space is overcrowded, pick a new site for your hike.

Make sure to practice regular trail safety on all hikes.  Tell someone where you are going.  Always check the weather before going out, and dress appropriately.  Wear long pants and tuck them into socks to protect against ticks.  Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen and bugspray, and perform regular tick checks.

Some children enjoy puddle jumping on the Moose Trail at the Poestenkill Community Forest.

Websites to visit

The following websites have additional activities and resources available

Activities

Citizen Science

Take a look at this document on fighting Nature Deficit Disorder with some links for more information

Mental Health

Now more than ever it is important to take the time to be aware of your mental health and perform self care.  Isolation and social disruption increase levels of stress, and we need to find ways to cope.  Use the resources below to support your mental health during this crisis.

Or enjoy a game of Wellness Bingo from the Mental Health Association of New York State

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