Hitting the Trail: Out The Front Door

Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, beaches, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at kidsandnature@gmail.com with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!


While it is always fun to take a road-trip to a special park or trail, this week we hit the trail close to home – right out the front door. Whether you live out in the country, in the big city, or somewhere in between, there are so many ways to find nature right out your front (or back) door. Beyond what may be in your own yard there are vacant city lots, parks, the yards of neighbors, and even cracks in the sidewalk that can provide great opportunities to find little bits of nature.

leather leaf ant-1

baby maple 4-1

blueberry buds 6-1

dandelions 1-1

Feather 1-1

pussy willow 20-1

Strawberry flower 1-1

pink flower bush 1-1

wee white flower-1

Some Things to Know

Location: Right out the front door.

Habitat: An endless variety depending on location.

Favorite Plant & Animal Life: A seemingly never ending assortment of insects, birds and plant life.

Special Features: Because of the convenient location it is fun to watch as spots change over the seasons and learn about the plants and creatures that share the neighborhood.

Best Time of Year to Visit: Year-round!

What have you been spotting right out your front door?


2 comments… add one

  • amy May 20, 2014, 9:35 am

    I love our yard, especially in spring and summer! Birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, insects….lots and lots of different plants growing wildly in the wetland setback we can’t touch. It’s wonderful.

    • dawn May 24, 2014, 8:46 am

      Sounds like a lovely spot, Amy! I know you are extremely fond of where you live and I love that. It is so wonderful for your kiddos to have all of that right at their fingertips!

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