Oh YES, it’s here…today is the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. It’s a day that signals backyard barbeques, fun adventures, water sports, and so much more.
To kick off summer, we’re sharing 21 ideas for getting outside, finding balance, and helping the planet. When we do good for ourselves and others, and treat the environment with care, we thrive and so do our communities. We hope this list serves as inspiration and motivation for you throughout the summer.
- Go for a hike, run, or walk
- Help a neighbor weed their yard
- Volunteer with your local parks conservancy group
- Drink lots of water. And then drink more
- Look up at the sky and find animal shapes in the clouds
- Observe wildlife and flora in your backyard, document it using iNaturalist
- Play a musical instrument in the grass
- Spend 20 minutes learning something new
- Share what you learned with others
- Donate a bag of groceries (or a few cans) to your local food pantry
- Find a mountain water source and take a cool plunge
- Take a nap in a hammock (in the shade!)
- Explore a new hiking or biking trail
- Strive for zero waste
- Invite your neighbors to a game of hopscotch
- Call a friend just to say hello
- Learn about urban foraging and then see what’s available in your community
- Challenge yourself
- Reduce food waste by starting a compost bin
- Take regular social media and news timeouts
- Read a book under a tree
Since we’re celebrating 25 years of inspiring people like you to take responsibility and action for Earth, it’s only fitting we extend the list to 25 actions – so here are four bonus ideas to inspire a fun, rewarding, and adventurous summer:
22. Organize a beach or park clean up
23. Sit in silence outside and listen to the world around you
24. Smile at a stranger
25. Try new vegetarian BBQ recipes, such as grilled peaches or watermelon poke bow
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What would you add to the list? Please share your ideas and experiences with any of these suggestions.