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Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained over spring break? We’ve got you covered! Try these four eco-inspired activities that will get them outdoors in nature and crafting with repurposed materials!


1. Become a Citizen Scientist lets you become the scientist by observing and recording the plants and animals around you. Download the app and use it to identify or document what you find in nature – and connect with other naturalists who can help you learn more about nature!

2. Hike A WildLand

Did you know the KC metro area is home to many beautiful, undisturbed natural areas open for the public to explore? Spring is the perfect time to explore these gorgeous wildlands, when spring ephemerals are in full bloom. Find the nearest wildland near you. Bridging The Gap has this free, downloadable self-guided journal for exploring Rocky Point Glade in Swope Park.

3. Create A Masterpiece at Scraps KC

Get your art on at Scraps KC, a local store that encourages creative reuse of materials. Check out their list of special events and activities and learn more about how they’ve helped divert more than 300 tons of material from the landfill.

4. Dig in the Dirt!

Start a small native garden in your yard that your child can help with. Visit a local nursery that sells native plants ( has a helpful list). Engage older kids in helping you plan a rain garden. Check out Johnson County’s Contain the Rain website for free garden designs.