There are a great many benefits to walking through a public garden, and if you ever taken the time to visit one in your community or area, you know it can be a peaceful and relaxing place that leaves you refreshed from the experience. It is also a great place to give your observation skills a workout because of all the sites, smells, and sounds that naturally occur everywhere.
Here are some fun learning activities you can do while you are there that can enhance the experience!
- Identify the flowers, plants, and trees you see around you.
- Observe the wildlife that comes to visit the plants.
Use the Shazam for Nature app to help you identify plants and animals you don’t know.
- Join a garden association or society or volunteer your time to a community or public garden. Compare different gardens if you can visit a few of them. Volunteer to learn how they work and the amount of work it takes to keep them going as a valuable part of the community.
- Look around to see who’s pollinating the plants and how it’s being done.
- If you can, find dead plants/insects to observe. Take a pocket microscope or magnifying glass with you so you can get a closer look.
- Read the map of the area, if one is offered.
- Make a map of the areas you visited/enjoyed the most. How did you get to your favorite spot?
- As you walk around, identify the scents and sounds around you. Take a deep breath and do your best to identify specific scents.
- Put a name to the colors you see. A general color my be yellow, blue, red, green, etc., but then there are more sophisticated names for shades of colors such as buttercup yellow, fuchsia pink, azure, avocado, etc..
- Find a quiet place to draw or paint what you see. If you enjoy drawing or painting, bring your supplies with you and enjoy being outside doing what you love.
- Talk to the botanist, horticulturist, or the garden’s caretaker(s) and ask them questions about the things you find most interesting. A public garden near me allows us to take native plants to grow in our own yard and the caretaker is always eager to share her knowledge with us.
- Find patterns within the flowers/plants and animals around you. Natural patterns are everywhere in nature. If you look around you’ll find them.
- Sit down and observe the day and area around you. Find a comfortable spot to sit and be for a while and observe the sites, sounds, and smells all around you. Close your eyes and take it all in. It’s a great way to release stress.
- Take pictures and videos. Take pictures and videos of the things you see and do. Use them to create a nature scrapbook, to help identify the things you saw, or to remember the great time you had! Post them to your blog or social media page.
- Participate in a public vegetable garden. Many communities have areas were you can grow a garden to share with others.
Don’t forget to pack a lunch with you so you can spend the day exploring and discovering the gardens you visit!
What are some of the fun and interesting things you like to do when you visit a public garden? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
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