Outdoor Nature Walk @ LNC

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Need ideas for planning your next outdoor nature walk? I’ll share some links (for warm or cold weather) at the end of this post, but first let me share about our recent outdoor nature walk at a local nature center. Winter has been hanging on here, with record snowfall now over 6 feet, twice as much as usual. Needless to say, we’ll be happy when spring comes. But for now, we’ve been content with snow.

The other day, we braved the cold weather to visit the Leslie Nature Center for storytime and an outdoor nature walk. The monthly weekend storytime event is well-loved by the kids. We started out indoors, and read a book on spiders while waiting for storytime to start. The storytime tale was about bunnies — so there were guest appearances by the two resident bunnies (they normally live in the Critter House at the nature center).

This particular bunny was shedding quite a bit — notice the tufts of fur floating in the air in front of Toby’s face:

petting one of the bunnies at leslie nature center, winter outdoor nature walk

After getting to say hi to the bunnies, we donned our gear for an outdoor nature walk on the trails. It was nice to see Toby finally getting his snow legs. The first couple times we ventured outdoors in the deep snow, he wasn’t quite sure what to do, By the time of this outing, he was an old pro. On our outdoor nature walk, we listened for birds (and spotted a far-off cardinal), saw animal tracks (dogs, squirrels, fox, deer, etc), discovered snow fleas, and found rabbit scat.

And the finale of our outing, we of course visited the raptor enclosure. The Leslie Nature Center houses a variety of raptors (birds of prey) that are not capable of surviving in the wild. There are bald eagles, owls, falcons, and even a turkey vulture. Click on an image below to open the gallery view.

Outdoor/Nature Resources

I know some of you love resources and reading further. So, with that in mind, here are some blog posts on planning outdoor nature walks and relevant outdoor nature activities for kids. The links will open in a new window so you can consult the list as desired. Enjoy!

Cold Weather Outdoor Nature Ideas

Year Round Outdoor Nature Ideas

Nature Printables

Birds + Bird Watching


  • Rabbit Care – what is involved with owning a rabbit
  • Rabbit Facts – 23 facts about rabbits you might not know
  • All About Rabbits – learn about rabbits and how they are different from hares
  • Wild Bunnies – what to do if you find a litter of baby bunnies in the wild

  • Have More Outdoor Nature Walk Ideas?

    The possibilities are endless when it comes to creative, imaginative, outdoor play. Hopefully these photographs and links get your brain coming up with even more great ideas!

    Do you have more fun outdoor nature walk ideas? Or fond memories of things you enjoyed doing when young? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

    18 Responses

    1. Sylvia

      Looks like you all had a wonderful day !
      Lovely photos !
      Have a nice weekend,

    2. Betsy Finn

      Yes, indeed we did, thanks Sylvia! Getting outdoors, for me at least, always brightens the rest of the day.

    3. Barb @ A Life in Balance

      Love the photos! We have a raptor center near us, too.

      What an amazing list of nature study resources! I pinned them for later.

    4. Betsy Finn

      Thanks Barb :). (And yeah, raptor centers are great for little ones!)

    5. Kelly

      These are great ideas – love to get the kids outside as much as possible

    6. Janet

      Nature walks such a great idea. 🙂 Great Photos!

    7. Betsy Finn

      Agreed, Kelly. Thanks for stopping by!

    8. Betsy Finn

      Thanks Janet. Glad you stopped by 🙂 the blog

    9. Tami

      We had a bunny that looked similar, except he was black and white. I love walking and spending time with nature. Looks like you had a fabulous day in the fresh air.

    10. What beautiful photos from your nature walk. I just want to hug that bunny! Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSunday #linky 12 this week. I absolutely love your photos!!

    11. Betsy Finn

      Yes, we did Tami! And interestingly, the other visiting bunny was black and white, probably like you’re describing (we didn’t pet that bunny as the line was *really* long).

    12. Betsy Finn

      I agree, Tanya, the bunny is so cuddly — I am surprised the kids all did such a great job of being gentle. Thanks for visiting!

    13. bettyl-NZ

      That’s some great information and your photos are just too cute!

    14. Betsy Finn

      Thank you Betty! Glad you stopped by.

    15. RamblingWoods

      How cute Toby is and how lucky that he will grow up to love nature as his Mom does. I thought you would like Mae’s blog as she is a like-minded Mom …


      Michelle from Nature Notes

    16. Betsy Finn

      Thanks Michelle! I’ll check out Mae’s blog 🙂

    17. Winnie

      What a great time you had!
      I’m an animal lover, and I just looooooooove these bunnies
      I wish I could visit this place one day…..

    18. Betsy Finn

      Yes, Winnie, it is a lovely experience….we’ve returned numerous times!