Many times in biophilic media we only look at the spring and summer versions of nature, when plants are in full, radiant bloom and waterways course regally through a landscape, but does that mean that we can only be biophilic confederates when the weather is “nice”?
HECK NO! Biophilic adventures can happen any month of the year – including the winter months. To demonstrate this, we’ve searched through dozens of “things to do” lists to compile this master list of things to do this winter season.
Hope you enjoy!
1. Embark on a winter photo expedition
2. Sketch outdoors
3. Have a winter picnic
4. Feed the birds
5. Go horseback riding
6. Play flashlight tag
7. Grab a GPS unit and go geocaching
8. Hit the slopes for skiing/snowboarding/tubing
9. Go snowmobiling
10. Play hockey
11. Hit the rink or a thoroughly frozen pond for ice skating
12. Make land art in the woods by placing natural materials in interesting shapes and patterns
13. Search for animal tracks
14. Weave a wreath out of pines, vines, and other plant objects
15. Match fallen leaves to their trees and find out the name/species of the tree
16. Go skeet shooting or visit a target range
17. Take a hunting trip (for those of you who are meat-eaters)
18. Go winter camping
19. Rent a cabin
20. Go Hiking
21. Build your own bows and arrows using fallen branches and twigs
22. Collect pine cones
23. Paint on leaves and rocks
24. Have a bonfire
25. Go ice fishing
26. Dive in for a polar bear swim
27. Blow bubbles and watch them turn to ice!
28. Mix food coloring with water and freeze it into bricks for a colored igloo, or other shapes like an
outdoor candle jar
29. Make colored ice cubes to hide around the yard for a makeshift scavenger hunt
30. Mix food coloring and water in a spray bottle to snow paint your lawn!
31. “Snow roll” the biggest snowball
32. Go SLEDDING!
33. Make snow angels
34. Build a snowman
35. Or an igloo!
36. Mold imaginative snow/ice sculptures
37. Start a snowball fight
38. …And maybe build a fort to hide behind
39. Break out the cross-country skis
40. Take a sleigh ride
41. Watch or partake in a dogsled race
42. Go snowshoeing
43. Relax in an outdoor hot tub
44. Use snow for snow cones
45. Make snow ice cream – have no fear, Paula Deen has a recipe (5 star rating!)
Before setting off on your winter biophilic adventure, take a minute to make sure you are adequately dressed and prepared. If you aren’t, you probably won’t be staying outside very long. Happy adventuring!
Mariah Gleason, Biophilic Cities Project Researcher and GIS Analyst
Mariah is a master’s candidate in Urban & Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia.