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Activity: Family Nature Hike

We hope you enjoyed our 65 Days of Summer! For the final day, we want to encourage you and your family to get out of the house and enjoy the last remnants of summer with a family nature hike. We have three nature reserves for you to visit along with some tips and activities for your fun-filled day.

Big Trees Forest Reserve: Winding trails and rushing creeks create a peaceful getaway at Big Trees Forest Preserve. Not too long and not too short, the 1.5 miles of trails are perfect for the whole family. The gentle sounds of the creek are an instant stress-reliever. Open daily, dawn until dusk. 7645 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 770-673-0111.

Fernbank Forest: A beautiful 65-acre forest at the Fernbank Science Museum includes 1.5 miles of paved trails. The ease of the trail makes it stroller-friendly. An “easy effort” section of the trail is provided for visitors with visual or mobile impairments. Mon.-Fri. 2-5 p.m.; Sat. 1 a.m.-6 p.m. 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta. 678-874-7102.

Reynolds Nature Preserve: Meander through forests, cross wetlands and stroll by old farm equipment dating as far back as 18678. There are three trails in the 1-mile range. While there, you might stop in to see creatures and exhibits in the interpretive center. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-dusk. 5665 Reynolds Road, Morrow. 770-603-4188.


Tips for your Family Hike:

  • Don’t start long hikes late

  • Check the weather forecast before leaving

  • Dress appropriately for the summer heat

  • Wear comfortable shoes that may get dirty or wet

  • Bring sunscreen

  • Bring a cap or hat

  • Use bug spray

  • Don’t forget water

  • Pack a first-aid kit with essentials: bandages, allergy medicines, etc.

  • Bring lunch or snacks

  • Bring a rain jacket in case of an unpredictable summer shower

Things you can do during the hike:

  • Before the hike, educate your children about bird, insect and animal species, rocks, minerals and plants that are native to your area and have your child look for them while you are walking

  • Look for animal tracks on the ground and bring a camera to take pictures so you can identify them with your child at home

  • Have story time during your walk and tell your child about a time when you were young and went on a nature hike with your parents

  • If you have time, stop and watch the clouds in the sky and have your child guess what kind of clouds they are and what shapes they’re in

  • Take family pictures or pictures of your child on the walk, it’s always fun to create a photo album

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