I’ve fallen in love with the UK’s National Trust. Every country should have one. Their engagement with kids is phenomenal. I can feel it from here on the other side of the pond. The Trust is a ‘conservation charity, protecting historic places and green spaces, and opening them up for ever, for everyone.’
There is an inspired thoughtfulness about kids in evidence at many of their venues such as the hobbit holes at The Vyne posted earlier this spring in PlayGroundology. In Britain, they are playing a significant role reconnecting children with nature an increasingly common challenge in the digital age.
One of the Trust’s brilliant actions last year was the development and promotion of 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4. It’s just been refreshed with a number of new entries.
How about a 50 Things To Do… right here in Canada. Let’s do the math, 50 divided by 13 provinces and territories works out to about 3.8 ‘Things’ per province/territory.
I’m going to start the ball rolling with three submissions from Nova Scotia.
1 – Running on the Ocean Floor. The Not Since Moses run is held every August in Five Islands.
It’s not everywhere that you can run on the ocean floor. This part of the world has mud flats that are laid bare after the Fundy tide pulls the ocean away. A good run, lots of fun and a chance to get dirty all rolled into one. Does it get any better?
2 – Interpretive Tours of Mi’kmaw Petroglyphs. In Kejimkujik National Park, there are 19th century rock drawings and opportunities to learn about the Mi’kmaw culture.
Keji, as it is affectionately called, is a natural wonderland with many opportunities for nature play and exploration. More on the petroglyphs here.
3 – Rafting the Tidal Bore. Fundy’s great tides, the largest in the world, provide the natural fuel for this soggy, thundering zodiac ride.
The slow moving Shubenacadie River is transformed into this tidal torrent of tumult twice a day. It’s a ride you’ll remember for years to come.
There you have it, Nova Scotia’s suggested contributions to an All Canadian 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4. Send your ideas for other outdoor activities to build a Canadian list to PlayGroundology.
Put a list together for your own country and help get the kids outdoors having fun in the natural environment.