Family Outing: Fall Forest walk: With over 150 parks in Ann Arbor, there is no shortage of places to explore. My two favorite woods walks are in Black Pond Woods Nature Area and Bird Hills Nature Area. But the best is to find a park near you, so you can visit it often. Click here for a map of Ann Arbor Parks or Here for an alphabetical list. To prepare for an adventure remember is to dress for the weather, bring water for the little ones and make sure you use the bathroom before you go. Many parks do not have toilet facilities. While on your work make sure to stay on the trail to protect yourself and the wildlife. If you bring a furry friend along, make sure he/she is on a leash. Below you will find some common leaves in their autumn colors.
Activity: One thing I love to do in the fall is go on a paint chip hike! Sneak away to a hardware store and grab several swatches of different fall colors. Then challenge the kids to find leaves, plants or other natural items that match the colors on the swatches.
Fun Fact: What produces the different colors in tree leaves? Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color during warmer days of spring and summer. As temperatures change and days get shorter chlorophyll breaks down and other colors are seen. Check out the Arbor Day Foundation website to learn more. Or check out this video!