7 Fun Fall Family Activities that Help Save the Planet

1. Raking Leaves: A Family Affair

In this day and age it seems that everything has gone high-tech, even leaf collecting. I remember loving fall as a child because it meant that my father was going to rake all of those leaves into a giant pile – and that giant pile meant only one thing, fun. Instead of using a polluting leaf blower to clean up your leaves, enlist your family to partake in the task. Your children may be more interested in jumping in, playing with and throwing the leaves around then cleaning them up, but the memories that you will build as a family will last much longer, zero emissions required.

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2. Organic Apple Picking

If there is a fruit that reminds me of fall it is the apple. Maybe it’s the color, the cool crisp taste or munching on one covered in caramel. Either way, spending a fall afternoon with your family at a local organic apple orchard picking apples is divine. If you choose an apple orchard that is organic and allows you to pick your own apples, you avoid shipping emissions, pesticides and you help Mother Earth. This activity is delightful to children too. They will enjoy picking fresh, ripe fruit directly from the tree. Be prepared and bring a picnic blanket, paring knife and a little organic caramel for dipping and you will have the sweetest fall family afternoon ever.

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3. Take a Leaf Stroll

One of my favorite fall family activities that incorporates a little exercise is an afternoon stroll. My family and I like to stroll through our local state park collecting leaves, pine-cones and acorns. We like to bring these natural pieces home to use as decorations throughout fall and upcoming winter. Another fun activity is to identify all of the leaves that you see by using a leaf identification app on your smart phone (try LeapSnap). This activity will foster a love of our planet in your children – they will learn to see a tree as more than just a pretty “thing”, they will see it as part of our life source.

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4. Start an Organic Dinner Club

Many families start to stay inside more once the weather begins to turn cold. It can be hard to foster friendships over the long winter, when everyone is inside. This fall start an organic dinner club with a handful of families. Plan to have dinner together 1-2 times a month rotating homes each time. All dinners should only use organic ingredients, or when possible local ingredients. Not only do you get to experience different organic homemade meals, but it’s a great way to introduce other green conversations with your close friends and neighbors, plus your children get to see their friends more often too.

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