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Day 4: Cleaning up trash, the Cliff Trail chapter of the Junior Ranger Activity Book and a nature riddle

Outdoor activity ideas and inspiration

From mid-March to the end of May 2020, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) posted a simple outdoor activity idea and nature riddle for kids every weekday. Some days we also posted other resources, like downloadable chapters of the Junior Ranger Activity Book.

Created to support parents who found themselves homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, these activity ideas are a great jumping off point for any outdoor adventure. Click here for a list with links to all 50 activity ideas.

Nature riddle

A popular sea duck found in Harpswell survives on a diet that is up to 70 percent whole shellfish. Which bird is it? Click here for the answer and to read an article about this interesting bird.

Pick up trash alongside roads and along the shoreline

Picking up trash alongside our roads and along our shoreline is a great way to take action for good. Especially during a challenging time, many of us feel the need to help. While trying to maintain social distancing, it can be hard to figure out how to help other people. Picking up trash gets us outdoors and active, and it gives us a sense of accomplishment when we see the results of our labor. You are welcome to pick up trash at any of Harspwell Heritage Land Trust’s preserves. There always seems to be trash washed up on the shore.

If you’re feeling creative, you can wash some of the trash you pick up, get out the hot glue gun and make sculptures. We’d love to see a picture of you collecting trash, or of the art you create! Email it to photos@hhltmaine.org.

Picking up trash at Stover’s Point Preserve (Michele Frost photo)

Cliff Trail section of the Junior Ranger Activity Book

The Junior Ranger Activity Book includes engaging science content, activity ideas and trail maps! It’s a great resource to learn about and explore nature and get outdoors, even if you don’t live near Harpswell. The book was created by Emma Levy, who was a high school senior when she wrote it. Click here for more about the book.

You can download the entire book, chapter by chapter, from our outdoor activity ideas posts.

Click here for the Cliff Trail chapter of the book, which explores soil and erosion.

If you would like a physical copy of the whole book, you can order it on our website for just $5 + $4 shipping. Click here to order.