Football and the fall equinox all indicate that fall is officially here. Enjoy the changes of weather and the changes of fall colors by getting outdoors with some of these great ideas in the September Outdoor Family Calendar.
September 4 – National Wildlife Day
National Wildlife Day: a day devoted to those creatures that live among us in nature. Go to your local zoo and learn about some of these amazing creatures of nature that live among us! National
Wildlife Day is about raising awareness for endangered animals and appreciating the organizations that work towards these ideals. One of our favorite TV series is Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin. We watch this series together with our daughter and discuss how we can also protect wildlife that isn’t necessarily in our own little area of the world. Learn more about endangered species from the World Wildlife organization as well.
September 6 – National Read a Book Day
You may be thinking, “I thought this was to help me get my families outdoors type of calendar.” And, it is designed to help busy parents have creative ways to create special moments outdoors with their families. With this National Day, we suggest the following list of outdoor nature oriented books to engage your kiddos with the natural world:
- Tornio and Keffer: The Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up, published by FalconGuides
- LaVigna-Coyle: Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots, published byRisingMoon
- White: Trekking on A Trail, published by Gibbs-Smith
- Worth: Hark! A Shark! (The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library), published by Random House
September 7- Labor Day
Labor Day was celebrated for the first time in New York in 1882. It began as a state holiday and was ultimately adopted nationwide as a day to appreciate work done and enjoy a day off.
September 13 – National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
This is an unofficial national holiday sponsored by the Young Chefs Academy. The Academy encourages kids and teens cook their favorite recipe for the whole family (supervision is recommended). If you’re kiddos haven’t begin helping you make meals, here are a few cookbooks designed for the younger kiddos to get started (we started with these books):
- Klutz: KidsCooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual, published by Klutz
- Kindersley: Mommy & Me Start Cooking, published by DK Publishing
National Grandparent’s Day
This day started in 1978 to educate younger generations about the contributions the seniors have given our country. The forget-me-not is the official flower for National Grandparents Day. Why not honor your own Grandparent or another senior by taking them a forget-me-not.
September 16 – Trail of Tears Commemoration Day
This day commemorates the survival of the Cherokee people, forcefully removed from their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to live in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.
September 20 – National Wife Appreciation Day: hint, hint to my hubby!
September 23 – Autumnal Equinox: the celebration of fall.
September 19 – International Eat an Apple Day
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ or say they say! International Eat an Apple Day encourages healthy eating habits and has been around since before the days Johnny Appleseed. This is a perfect time to visit an apple orchard.
International Coastal Cleanup Day: sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy; and, is an annual event to help keep the earth’s oceans and beaches clean. (In October last year, we cleaned up the beaches of Bermuda after Hurricane Gonzalo.) If you don’t have a beach or ocean nearby, simply clean up trash at a nearby park or where you see it.
September 22 – National Car Free Day
Go a day without your car and save some natural energy! At the same time, while walking or biking, you can get fit and enjoy the environment around you!
September 26- National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. National Public Lands Day is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in September. For more information go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/
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