Make your resolution to get outdoors more in 2021.
We all appreciate a random act of kindness that brightens our day. Random acts of wildness are a kindness to yourself using the outdoors. The best thing about getting outdoors in the Susquehanna Riverlands is that it offers such freedom and accessibility.
At first glance winter can seem a bit bleak, but take a look around and you’ll see that nature has plenty of gifts to offer, even in the depths of January. In winter, a walk in the frosty or snowy countryside can be just the thing for lifting your spirits while enjoying time together as a family or by yourself. It’s the perfect chance to take some time to slow down and reconnect with nature.
Even in winter, nature comes comes alive all around you. Flocks of birds chatter in hedgerows; frost forges delicate, glittering sculptures on every surface; the eerie sound of ice blocks grinding together as they float down river; ducks gather and dive on the water; and freshly fallen snow preserves the footprints of birds and mammals, leaving perfect tracks to be discovered.
Spending time in nature can make you happier and healthier, and that’s as true in winter as it is in the heights of summer. Keeping up with your daily doses of nature can be tough, especially as the days start getting shorter. So, to provide a little mid-winter inspiration, we’ve created a “Random Acts of Wildness” Bingo card to help get you outdoors. Whether you take five minutes to sit and watch the birds from your window with a mug of hot chocolate in hand or pull on your warmest sweater for an afternoon exploring all the wild wonders of winter. Just like random acts of kindness do not have to be grand gestures, random acts of wildness do not have to be extravagant adventures.
A Random Act of Wildness can benefit the planet, as well as your own sense of wellbeing. Random Acts of Wildness also provide a chance to give something back. Small changes can make a difference. Recycle your Christmas tree, plan a pollinator garden or do a community clean up.
There are a million different activities to do in the winter. From the easy-going snowshoeing to the adrenaline-filled cold-water kayaking. Join the throngs of skiers and snowboarders who have figured out how to carve down mountains or grab your sled and head to the hills to get away from it all. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could even give winter camping or ice fishing a try!
This year, we challenge you to stay wild! Try this Bingo card for inspiration;