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You’re a Mindful Explorer!

Posted on April 13, 2020

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You know distancing shouldn’t mean disconnecting.

You take exploration a little slower as you soak in the sights, smells, and textures of nature. You can spend hours in the same corner of the world, knowing you’ll discover something new each time you visit. You feel connected to the rhythm of the outdoors, the music of the wind, and the beat of the season.

Here are some great activities for every mindful explorer:



Stop, listen, and breathe. In nature, we find peace.

  1. Pick a notebook and reflect on your experiences with nature. What makes you feel calm, anxious, and curious? How does the temperature, snow, or sunshine affect your mood?
  2. Find a spot you’re familiar with and observe the sights, sounds, and textures around you. How does it change with the seasons, from the wind, or by the time of day?
  3. Visit this same spot on several occasions. Notice how as your mood changes, so do the things you notice in nature. 



Discover nature far beyond what you can see by using your sense of hearing.

  1. Sit or lie down outside with your eyes closed.
  2. Put 10 fingers in the air and put one down for each new sound you hear.
  3. When everyone has heard 10 sounds, compare. Which stood out the most? 



Stay comfortable with beanies and scarves.


Ready to try more activities? 

> Become a Backyard Adventurer

> Become a Neighbourhood Hiker



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Special thanks to The North Face for supporting organizations that make exploration possible. They’re giving $1 million through their Explore Fund to support organizations during these uncertain times—organizations like FortWhyte Alive.

Thank you for your continual support of FortWhyte Alive.