Most of today’s young’uns are getting less outdoor time than their parents did when they were little. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it does mean that you, the parent or caretaker, will need to take extra steps to encourage your child to get off of the screen and into the great outdoors. There are many benefits to wholesome outdoor toddler activities, including Vitamin D exposure, exercise, and the chance to appreciate nature. Pair substantial outdoor time with a non-toxic (preferably organic) indoor environment to make sure that your child is safely raised and holistically developed.

In this outdoorsy blog post, we’ll suggest a few nature trips to take with your toddler, complete with handy tips on what to wear and bring. Even if you live in an urban environment, chances are that one of these locations will be a short drive away from you. And if not, we made sure to include a few alternative field trip ideas so that you and your toddler don’t miss out on outdoor activities this season.

Apple Orchard

Toddlers love to learn about where common objects come from, and this absolutely applies to the fruit they eat! An apple orchard trip is a great way to enjoy the sights, smells and slight chill of the fall season while also getting some exercise and family time in. Assign your little one the task of picking out the juiciest apples she can reach, and she won’t disappoint you. When you get home, it’s your turn to get to work: whip out the family apple pie recipe or find a delightful new apple recipe to put those sweet fruits to good use. Apple-picking is a toddler activity that will easily turn into a yearly tradition for the entire family.

What To Wear & Bring

Always dress appropriately for outdoor activities, bringing layers when appropriate. Consider bringing:

  • Overalls or other rugged clothes
  • Rain boots, if rain or mud is expected
  • Raincoats, if rain is expected
  • A box, sack or wagon for all those apples

Similar Trip Ideas

  • Pumpkin patches
  • Berry farms
  • Family-friendly farms
  • Farmer’s markets

National Park

Instilling your child with a love of national parks and nature preserves at a young age is a great way to set him up for a life of physical fitness and closeness with nature. National parks are full of activities that both toddlers and adults can enjoy, making them another great field trip idea for the whole family.

Look for child-friendly programs and sights such as child-oriented talks, easy but beautiful hikes, wildlife viewing ops, and exciting geological formations. It’s always a good idea for your child to bring a friend to keep boredom at bay. Prepare to take lots of breaks for resting and noticing things big and small!

What to Wear & Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Jackets or hoodies, if chilly weather or high altitudes are expected
  • Hats to protect from the chill and sun
  • Plenty of water and trail snacks
  • A camera for animal and plant sightings
  • A park map to help locate the toddler activities

Similar Trip Ideas

  • Your local park
  • Zoos and aquariums

Botanical Garden

Botanical gardens and arboretums, especially those equipped for children’s education, are full of opportunities for family fun and discovery. Yes, you will have the chance to view plants and flowers with unique characteristics and backgrounds, but that’s not all - many botanical gardens will also offer an intimate look into how plants are sown and grown. Some of them will even offer bug- or bird-viewing activities that allow your toddler to get up close and personal with her tiny neighbors. Don’t be surprised if your child leaves the botanical garden with a newfound passion for gardening or birdwatching!

What To Wear & Bring

  • Hats to keep UV rays at bay
  • A camera to document interesting plants and animals
  • Water and snacks
  • A packed lunch to eat after all that walking

Similar Trip Ideas

  • Butterfly sanctuaries
  • Natural history museums
  • Tree nurseries
  • Garden stores
  • Your own backyard!

Your Great Adventure Is Waiting!

With a little research and planning, a beautiful outdoor trip can easily be on your family’s horizon. Take your toddler on plenty of outdoor activities from a young age and you’ll be less likely to have a TV-hugger on your hands.

We hope this post has inspired you with a few field trip ideas that appeal to you and your moppet! The next step is to make sure that your little one is properly dressed for your plans. Browse the tabs above to shop all the clothing, hats, sunglasses and more that your child needs to stay safe and cozy on your next outing!