Recreate at home...celebrate nature!

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parks and rec news

April 28, 2020

Welcome back! Here is a brand new list of activities for you to recreate at home! Please stay safe and healthy.


Spring Tree Play Dough

April is for nature lovers as we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day in April. Make nature with this DIY easy play dough and elements from nature to create a beautiful and sensory-filled natural display. Remember to include aromatic flowers and pine cones. Nature doesn't just look good, it smells good too. Follow these simple instructions

Today's Magic Material: Aluminum Foil?!

Aluminum foil art is pretty, can be created in oh-so many ways, and is something that most homes usually have.  Check out these cool ideas to make in aluminum foil (or tin foil or silver foil if that's what you call it). All you need is:  

  • Aluminum foil 
  • Pen or pencil 
  • Scissors 

We would LOVE for you to share your creations on our Community Arts Facebook page. 

aluminum foil


Learning at Home with Bugs 

Check out cool art, games, citizen science projects, and other resources from museums and libraries from around the country in Entomology Today.The e-newsletter, published by the Entomological Society of America, has an issue devoted to learning about insects while at home during the pandemic. Let's see what's buggin you!


Hike from Home!

Sensory-stimulating activities can help calm the body and mind as well as aid in self-regulation. Visit the Therapeutic Recreation Facebook page for new fun projects every weekday at 1 p.m. (Activities have been selected that use typical items found around the house, but not food.)


Can’t wait until next 1 p.m.? Then here is a sneak peek of one of the activities:   

Having trouble getting out into nature? No problem. Bring nature to you! Check out this virtual hike through the Appalachian Trail that provides educational tidbits about what you would find along the 2,190 miles. Bonus: the virtual experience offers some cool visual sensory input. Start hiking here. 

earth day

Continue Celebrating the Earth

  • Use your TV cable provider login to watch this National Geographic documentary film titled The Hope featuring Jane Goodall legendary scientist, conservationist, and activist. The documentary shows what she has accomplished and why she is hopeful for the future. 
  • Now that you are spending so much more time at home it may be easier to find simple ways you can help your wallet while helping Mother Earth.  Hear how to get started.