Now that school is out, it’s the perfect time of year to go outside and explore the beautiful natural world all around us.
Whether you’re going out alone or with friends and family any time you spend outside will benefit your physical and mental health. Getting out in nature can be as easy as stepping into the backyard, gardening or visiting a local park. For example, a study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that kids with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) could concentrate better after a 20-minute walk in a park.
Next time you’re out walking, exercise your mind too by using your observation skills to identify plants and animals that live in our region. Like many young adults and children today you may realize that you don’t know the name every bird or tree you see. Thankfully there are many field guides available for smartphones and tablets that can help you identify plants and animals on the go. Here are several digital field guides to download as you begin your summer adventures.
• “iBird” offers several apps to aid in bird identification, which are available for Android and iOS. Get a feel for the app by starting with ...