As it gets warm again, many families will start venturing out to local parks for some sunshine and good times together! Getting out is a good way to help kids explore their creativity, enhance critical thinking skills, and run off some of that extra energy. Playing together and getting your hands dirty with them is a great way to bond with your kids and set them up for an amazing future! The Parklands of Floyds Fork is planting the seeds of the future and a better quality of life for generations to come. Here are some ways to connect with nature and your family at The Parklands of Floyds Fork, brought to you by The Parklands of Floyds Fork Education team.
1. Make Nature Art
Express yourself through nature in this activity. Spend some time collecting fallen items from one of our many protected habitats around The Parklands of Floyds Fork (Forest, Meadow, Creek, ect.) to make a collage. As a sign of respect to nature, please avoid picking or ripping nature apart for this project. Use what nature has already given up to create something new and beautiful together! Who can come up with the most creative piece?
2. Pick a Favorite Tree
Spend some time exploring the park and find a tree that catches your attention. Maybe you like all the trees… Consider what trees are most aesthetic? Do any of your favorite trees entice you to climb on or rest under them? Use any trail to explore The Parklands of Floyds fork to help you decide which one is your favorite tree. Want some help identifying some great trees? Visit the Woodland Garden in Broad Run! Many of the plants and trees in the garden are already labeled.
3. Visit the Creek and Its Gravel Bar
A unique feature of The Parklands of Floyds Fork is the access to the Floyds Fork creek. Getting outdoors can be easy when you have access to a nearby playground. However, nature itself can be the best playground. Consider bringing your kids to The Parklands for some creek time. Using this natural feature provides a lot of excitement for little ones as they can build their motor skills through climbing, skipping rocks and splashing through the water alongside some wildlife. See if you can’t spot some aquatic friends while you’re there!
4. Watch the Sun rise or watch the Sun set
Watching a sunrise or sunset at The Parklands of Floyds Fork is an extraordinary bonding opportunity to share with loved ones. Choose to hike during this period or find a comfortable spot for a good view. Throughout the park you will find various sitting areas great for picnics and small gatherings. Maybe you are feeling a little adventurous and want to bring some lawn chairs or blanks to discover even better views in more natural areas around the park! Regardless of your viewing experience, be considerate of our natural spaces and the plants and animals that call it home. Leave no trace. If you choose this fun family experience, please remember that The Parklands operates on a dawn to dusk policy, opening 15 minutes before sunrise and closing 15 minutes after sunset.
5. Reserve a Space
The Parklands is a visitor-donor supported park and free for the public to use during daily hours. However, if you are interested in hosting a larger event, we have the space available. As most pavilions are first come, first serve, reserving one of our rental venues is a great way to ensure you have adequate space for you and your group. Think about celebrating your kids’ birthday party in one of our education classrooms or book a pavilion near the playground. Visit Host an Event at The Parklands | The Parklands of Floyds Fork for rental options and availability.
6. Bonus: Visit our Website or Follow us on Social Media
The Parklands of Floyds Fork also hosts a lot of events for you and your family to enjoy the park. To see any upcoming events you may want to join in on, visit the https://theparklands.org/events/ or follow us on social media @TheParklandsofFloydsFork.