Posted on March 13 2020
On 20 March the meteorological spring begins. The awakening nature and the warming sunshine lure people out into the fresh air again. The approaching spring has a lot to offer – you can look forward to the following activities in spring.
Soon it will be time again: spring is just around the corner, also for humans the "hibernation" is coming to an end and we can finally go out into nature again.
What everyone enjoys...
When the days get longer again, the sun shines more often and the air smells somehow differently, it pulls you out by itself. Nature lovers have the choice between created and "wild" nature:
- Trips to parks and gardens
No matter where you live, there are smaller or larger green spaces, parks or botanical gardens near you. In spring, there is a lot going on there – because some trees are already in bloom before the rest of nature has begun to take its turn. Even the early bloomers among the flowers are already awake – snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips compete in the spring flowering. Fruit trees prepare their blossoms for bees and the fluffy willow catkins cover the branches with their splendour. So: let's get outside!
- Forests in the near and far surroundings
In the forest, being as careful and attentive as possible, the awakening of nature can be observed even better. The returning birds now make their presence known, and in the deciduous or mixed forest the first green leaves appear. One can feel how the forest also breathes a sigh of relief after the winter. If you are on your own or in very small groups, you can simply sit down and relax, let the scents of the forest, the sounds and the colours take effect on you. If you are very quiet and patient, the prospects are good to spot smaller wild animals like deer on their "everyday errands".
Planting flowers – when, if not now?
Spring is the time of flowers, and you can get them into your house as well. This works especially well with flower bulbs. You can plant the first bulbs as early as the beginning of February, leave weekly intervals, and then brightly coloured flowers will bloom on your windowsill at home in intervals until April. Skilled gardeners can also prepare the bulbs for the next winter from summer onwards.
Picnic in nature
If the weather permits, simply pack a basket of goodies and head out into the green. Find a sunny spot and enjoy a picnic – why not? You can arrange it as you like. There is almost nothing more fun for children.
But be careful, springtime is also tick season. These tiny insects can transmit dangerous diseases – therefore always wear closed shoes and long pants in the forest. Back home, a full body check is worth it.
Cooking in springtime
In spring there are special treats that you can collect yourself or buy fresh. It does not always have to be the first strawberries. Bear's garlic is also a big hit. From the end of March and into April the "wild garlic" with its distinctive smell and taste grows. It not only smells wonderful in the forest, but can also be perfectly made into fresh pesto or salad. If you want to collect it yourself, you should be careful not to mistake the leaves for the highly poisonous lily of the valley. Both plants love the same locations, but wild garlic releases its garlic scent when you rub the leaves.
Nature activities with children
Children, who could hardly play outside all winter, are even more happy than adults when the inviting nature opens its doors again. Outside they can go out with bicycles, badminton rackets and balls. But also a walk in the woods or the garden is fun. Especially if you encourage the little ones to identify flowers, trees and animals.
At home you can make "profiles" with pictures for birch, beech and co. and then send the children out to find as many trees and plants as possible. Little prizes for the most eager plant detectives? Colouring books with plant motifs or for older children a plant identification book.
There is more than enough opportunity to enjoy spring!
Of course, these are just a few of the many opportunities to finally take a deep breath at the end of winter, have fun and enjoy nature to the fullest. There are also guided hikes and walks, sometimes especially for families with children, such as those organised by the Alpine Club, sports activities and also cultural events such as concerts as soon as the weather returns. They all have one thing in common – they let us enjoy nature consciously!
We at NIKIN are mainly concerned with sustainable materials from the fashion industry and fight against global deforestation. Our blog is intended to inspire people to rethink their own lifestyle and make it more sustainable. Diving into nature makes you aware of the many biotopes of our world that are worthy of protection.