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Explore different locationsThe rocks you find near a river might be different from the rocks you find in a forest. Try visiting a few different spots nearby and comparing the types of rocks you find. How are they different? Are there more rocks in one place than another?
Create a rock gardenGather a few rocks from a green space near you. Clear a patch in your flowerbed (you might do a little weeding while you’re at it). Arrange the rocks in the soil — create a pattern using different sizes, shapes and colors. If you like, you can add some tiny gravel or moss.
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.