Spring has sprung on BGSU campus. Photo taken by Courtney Keenan

Wherever you are in the world I hope it is similar to today here in Ohio…

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, BGSU students shed their coats and sweatshirts for impulsive wearing of shorts and flips flops to later be chilled by the lake effect winds that sweep across Bowling Green in Northern Ohio.

Spring is the time to break away from your man made cages and experience nature. Take off your shoes and let the grass tangle in your toes. Turn off the TV and go fly a kite or play Frisbee. Learn a new sport like tennis or badminton.  Volunteer at your local humane society to walk dogs.  Get outside and take an adventure in your own backyard.

There are many environmental activities that you can do in the spring. Whether you are an active outdoorsy person or love nature from afar, there is a helpful and fun activity for you!

Get Involved!

Like being outdoors in the thick of nature? Volunteer at your local county park or nature preserve.  Here you can help manage events, remove invasive species, and help clean-up the park, or take responsibility for other duties.

Put Your Crafty Skills To Work!

Are you an avid bird watcher or just like seeing pretty birds outside like cardinals and blue jays? Don’t waste money on expensive store bird feeder; simply make your own! Bird feeders can be made from many things you have at your house. A popular and easy bird feeder (also kid friendly to make!) is the pine cone bird feeder.  

Take a vacation!

If you have the funds take a spring break trip to a national park. Experience the rush of the Niagara Falls, Venture down into the depths of the Grand Canyon, or walk alongside John Muir through the wonder of Yellowstone (the wilderness he fought for until his death).

Nature isn’t scary. It’s a part of who we are. We may live in a modern, technology driven world full of instantaneous information and service, but outside of our walls is world of wonder waiting to take us on a journey that can define who we are. Whether you venture to the top of a mountain or just a few feet in your backyard, nature is everywhere. So take a long look at a sunrise, a deep breath of the morning dew filled air, and take a step out into the world. You might be surprised at what you find.

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