Fall in Love with Nature

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip outside.

| February 13, 2009

  • Get outside and explore nature.
    Check out the Let's Go Outside website for more ideas on exploring nature.
  • Get outside and spend time with someone you love.
    A peaceful Father's Day at Kenai Lake, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.
    courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Karen Laubenstein
  • Get outside for a little birdwatching.
    People observing birds at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
    courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/John and Karen Hollingsworth
  • Get outside and spend some time with Mother Nature.
    As a Wisconsin troop leader holds an Eastern box turtle, a Cub Scout looks on intently.
    courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Larry Dean
  • Get outside and canoe with friends.
    A group canoes the waters of Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
    courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Dave Menke

  • Get outside and explore nature.
  • Get outside and spend time with someone you love.
  • Get outside for a little birdwatching.
  • Get outside and spend some time with Mother Nature.
  • Get outside and canoe with friends.

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to fall in love with nature. Go outside to experience the excitement of a majestic bald eagle or the thrill of a bright red cardinal, whether in your own backyard or at one of America’s national wildlife refuges. There is a national wildlife refuge or fish hatchery just an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas, and all are inviting portals to the natural world.

The Service’s “Let’s go Outside” website contains a wealth of information to help families connect with nature, including:

? Electronic Valentines, featuring bald eagles, red foxes and even turtles, that are great to send to friends and family.

? Fact sheets about numerous wildlife species, including bald eagles, moose, sea turtles and cardinals.



? Tips on how youngsters and their families can start observing wildlife.

? Links to maps and a special events calendar that can help families find places to go and see nature up close.





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