At your request, Rural Action is hosting a virtual field trip where we will focus entirely on some of nature’s cutest organisms, baby animals! As spring turns to summer, eggs are hatching, babies are trading their downy fluff for their summer coats, and little wings are making their first flaps.
Join us this Friday via Zoom to discuss and learn about animal parenting tactics and offspring adaptations (and to see some cute critters).
This free event is for youth, adults, and families. It’s led by Rural Action’s Environmental Education staff.
Wondering where all of your waste is going? This week on our virtual field trip, we’re exploring what happens to your recyclables once they arrive at the recycling center. You’ll see some cool machines, and finally learn WHY you can recycle plastic bottles but not a plastic bag.
Join us via Zoom this Friday! We’ll teach you all about the basics of recycling, show off some cool machinery, and give you lots of tips and tricks you can use to make your household greener!
This free event is for youth, adults, and families. It’s led by Rural Action’s Environmental Education and Zero Waste staff.
Last week, we covered the first things you usually need to do survival situations: taking care of your brain, followed by makingshelter. But how will you get water? That’s the next priority.
When out in the wilderness, plan how you will get water before you go! Always pack plenty of water in your bag. The average adult should drink 3-4 liters of water a day, and children should drink anywhere from 1-3 liters per day depending on your age and size. So, if you don’t want to carry all of that water with you, you’re going to need a way to collect water when (or better yet, before) you run out.
How would you take care of yourself if you were stranded in the wilderness? Have you ever wondered? For the next two weeks, we’ll talk about wilderness survival. Nate starts at the beginning: with preparation.
The best way to stay alive in a survival situation is to never get into one! Survival situations usually happen when something goes wrong. They could be from a mistake that you’ve made, or due to nature’s unpredictable…nature.
Today we’ll focus on being prepared for the worst, just in case something does go wrong. If you’re properly prepared, a situation that may otherwise be life-or-death could have a very simple solution.
You’ll save yourself quite a bit of trouble by planning ahead whenever you head out into the wilderness. Even if it’s just a quick hike somewhere that you know really well, make sure you have everything you need to be safe. Some ideas of what to think about:
Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back.
Bring enough food and water for how long you’ll be gone.
Check the weather. What do you need to stay dry, warm enough, or cold enough?
What route are you hiking? What might you encounter while you are out?
These questions can start you thinking. But every person and situation is different. What dangers or help exist where you are hiking? What are some of your needs? Can you think of any questions we should add? Share your ideas here:
The 10 Essentials
Do you know exactly what you would take with you if you were going on a hike today? Maybe just a water bottle and a jacket, or a giant backpack full of all of the latest camping gear?
I challenge you to pick out “10 essentials ” today, the 10 things that would be most helpful to you in a wilderness emergency. What do you think you really need? Can you fit all 10 essentials into a backpack? Can you carry that backpack comfortably?
Share your lists with us in this form. Or, go to the comments to share a picture of you with your 10 essentials ready to go!
Once you’ve come up with YOUR 10 essentials, check out this list here to see if you agree with some professionals in the field.
The Rule of 3
Perhaps you’re lost and it’s getting dark…what should you do first? Do you look for food or water, build a fire, or find shelter?
The rule of 3 is a guideline to help decide what to do first.
You can survive (approximately):
3 minutes without air
3 hours without shelter (in unsafe conditions like extreme cold or heat)
3 days without water
3 weeks without food
First priority is your brain. Your brain is your most important survival tool. If you panic, stop thinking, or get very discouraged, fancy skills or tools won’t help you. Take care of your brain by taking deep breaths, calming down, and resting when you need to.
After you’ve taken care of your brain, then it’s time to think about shelter, water, and food. That order is important!
Does this rule affect your 10 essentials at all? What did you change, if anything, on your list?
Explore More Survival Skills
Later this week, the Young Naturalists Club will be uploading more videos and blog posts to help you build survival skills. But, if you want to get a head start or need some inspiration for your 10 essentials, check out a few of these videos on youtube!
Plan ahead before adventuring in nature. What do you need to think about where you live?
Make a list of 10 essential items that you think could help you the most in a survival situation.
Remember the rule of threes. Does it change your plan?
Research other survival skills that interest you–tell us if you want to learn more about something in particular!
Share your ideas in the forms or in the comments below! We’ll share the ideas that come in later in the week.
Right now, in our very own backyards, an amazing annual event is taking place. Birds are currently traveling from their winter residences all the way to their summer homes! This is called migration.
Your challenge today is to find as many different species of birds as possible and to figure out how they got here!
As it is currently the height of migration season, we have an incredibly diverse population here with us. Some birds might be full-time residents, but others are just passing through. Take a look outside and see what you can find!