Are you looking for something educational, fun AND easy for you to do with your children? Check out the National Junior Ranger Program!
My oldest children (now 16 and 14) loved it when they were younger and my youngest (3) is loving it now.
This program is available at all the National Parks and is a free event. Each park is different, but for the most part, they have a booklet you can print out at home or pick up at the park office with several different activities. Depending on your child’s age, they have to do between 3-5 activities, then go back and show a Ranger what they did and tell them about what they liked in the park. The Ranger or volunteer helping with the program will them get them to pledge to learn more about the park and take care of it and then they present your child with a Junior Ranger badge specific for that park. Each park has their own, so it is fun for your children to collect them.
There are around 400 National Parks in the United States and almost all of them have Junior Ranger programs. Here’s a list of all the parks that have this program available. This page also has the Junior Ranger Song and information about the program along with some downloads you can do at home. If you can’t get to a National Park, or your children just want to do more at home, check out the WebRangers – this website is also run by the National Parks and is geared for online fun and learning.