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Look under dead treesYou’ll find many types of plants and animals living under dead trees and piles of mulch or leaves. They help “decompose,” or break down, the tree, using it for food and shelter. Go to a green space near you and carefully look under a fallen tree or rock. Try to draw what you see, or look them up online or in a field guide.
What to Bring
Plenty of water, even for short hikes — a gallon per person per day is a good guide
Snacks such as fruit or trail mix and empty bags to collect any garbage
Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen
Lightweight rain jacket
Be mindful of the sun. Use sunscreen, seek shade, and drink plenty of water — even in the winter.
Animals have their own natural food supply so please don’t feed them.
Fruits and mushrooms can look tasty, but some are poisonous. To be safe, do not eat anything you find growing in the forest.
Railroad tracks are for trains only. Keep to the side and stay off the tracks.
Remember to be mindful of cars when you’re in a park near a road. Wear bright colors for extra visibility.