We all know that Spring is a great time to see flowers, but that’s far from the only reason to get outdoors with your family this time of the year. Here are five other reasons Spring is a wonderful time of year for family outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest.
The Intimate Wonders of Spring Mushrooms
Foragers already know that spring is a great time for mushrooms. Just like in the Fall, the moist cooler temperatures help fungi thrive. Spring welcomes a few distinct kinds of fungi, most notably the much beloved morels, as well as many of the same mushrooms that are abundant in the Fall. And sometimes it's hard to remember, but soon enough we’ll be in the drier season, and even though fungi won’t completely disappear, the peak season of intimate wonders will have passed.
There’s nothing quite like the green of spring!
If the PNW was designated an official color, it would probably be green. Dark forest greens mingle with the mossy vibrance all winter long. In Spring, those tones are greeted by another kind of green - light, warm, and inviting - that initially dots, then eventually completely transforms all the deciduous trees that have been barren all winter long.
Those Spring Flowers bring Pollinators
Sure, the flowers are great, but did you get a look at those bees? Spring is a great time to (carefully) observe one of earth’s most wondrous creatures hard at work. In the spring, wildflower meadows are especially great places for bee observations. They are plentiful, and usually far to busy finding food to care if you’re watching them.
Life at its Beginnings
Spring marks the beginning of many creatures’ life cycles. Among the most exciting for kids? Birds! Spend some time this spring in your neighborhood looking for songbird nests, where birds hatch in March and April. Or head to a pond and look for ducklings.
It’s a time to get close to the Earth
One of the best known quotes about spring isn’t about the season’s flora or wildlife. It’s about a certain closeness to the earth. “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt,” writes Margaret Atwood. Indeed, when you think about, spring is all about getting close to the earth. Spring is a time to return to the garden after months of absence. It’s about discovering worms. And since it’s still rainy but warmer out, it’s also a great time to splash in the mud!
Still need a little help getting out?
At Super Nature Adventures, we have lots of packets that are designed for Spring time adventuring! Want to explore fungi? Want to go on a duckling or songbird hunt? Check out our online store for packets for these adventures and a whole lot more.
Remember, our packets are made with waterproof maps for any type of weather. What are you waiting for? Go forth and come back smelling like dirt!
Bryna R. Campbell