In a transition to Spring that has been hectic for me and my boys hopping from activity to activity, its simple outdoor time that keeps us grounded and connected as a family. In my new hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado the last 48 hours have brought such amazing and simple joys with my kids that can be done anywhere:
1. Playing ‘Pooh Sticks’ (racing sticks) in rushing water from spring rain
2. Skipping rocks
3. Bringing a ball to a playground, inspiring new friends and games
4. Planting sugar snap peas
April is Let’s G.O. (Get Outside) month. I encourage you to enter your zip code to find an event near you or create an informal event with some families for time outside.
In celebration of Let’s G.O., I will be planting sugar snap peas with other families at two events in my town:
1. Saturday, April 13th 4pm-5pm MT at Little Toots Park (next to library)
2. Saturday, April 20th 10:30am-11:30am MT at Legacy Ranch (Rt 40 S before Rt 131 on right). Raised bed clean up through noon! Limited parking; carpool with your friends. Optional: bring an extra shovel or rake.
All events rain or shine. Supplies will be provided. For more information, or directions to Yampatika’s Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch, contact me. Attending both events is encouraged, but not required. Sugar snap pea seeds will sprout within 7 days and can be brought back to Legacy Ranch to plant in-ground and will be ready for harvest in approximately 8 weeks.
Each Spring, I am amazed time and time again of the power of planting seeds together. Planting only takes five minutes, and the daily excitement and learning of watching seeds sprout and grow lasts for months!
Sugar snap peas love cool spring temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and up. Its as simple as grabbing a clear cup from your kitchen and placing two seeds in moist newspaper instead of soil on a sunny windowsill. Additional instructions are at the bottom of p.36 of 15 Minutes Outside.
Let’s Get Outside in April - and at least 15 minutes outside every day. By stepping outside, possibilities open up that allow for unexpected joy and the sixty minute minimum that we all need. You and your family will be energized, connected, and glad you did.
About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year. Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby. She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.