A Summer To-do List You’ll Love To Do

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.


#4 Drinking lots of water applies to our pets, too!
#4 Drinking lots of water applies to our pets, too!
  1. Go for a hike, run, or walk
  2. Help a neighbor weed their yard
  3. Volunteer with your local parks conservancy group
  4. Drink lots of water. And then drink more
  5. Look up at the sky and find animal shapes in the clouds
  6. Observe wildlife and flora in your backyard, document it using iNaturalist
  7. Play a musical instrument in the grass
  8. Spend 20 minutes learning something new
  9. Share what you learned with others
  10. Donate a bag of groceries (or a few cans) to your local food pantry
  11. Find a mountain water source and take a cool plunge
  12. Take a nap in a hammock (in the shade!)
  13. Explore a new hiking or biking trail
  14. Strive for zero waste
  15. Invite your neighbors to a game of hopscotch
  16. Call a friend just to say hello
  17. Learn about urban foraging and then see what’s available in your community
  18. Challenge yourself
  19. Reduce food waste by starting a compost bin
  20. Take regular social media and news timeouts
  21. 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



Since our founding in 1993, we’ve given people around the world a framework to talk about our relationship with the planet and to share in discovering new ways to create a sustainable future. 

In honor of our 25th year, please donate $25 – your donation will help us continue improving EcoChallenge and updating our discussion books, as well as create new resources year-round. Your support makes it possible for us to inspire changemakers today and future generations by providing programs for learning about and acting on the most pressing issues of our time. 



What would you add to the list? Please share your ideas and experiences with any of these suggestions.


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