Great Outdoors Month
Great Outdoors Month is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy yourself! This month is an awesome opportunity to encourage children to play outside and teach them how it can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Immersing yourself in nature is a free or inexpensive activity for families. Not only is it something to do, but it impacts your environmental wellness and strengthens your connection to the earth.
Grow your own vegetables
If you don't have the yard space to have an outdoor garden, you could always plant a small container garden! Below are some vegetables you could grow in a container and put outside on your porch, patio, deck or balcony:
Tomatoes, Beans, Beets, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Radishes, Spinach and Peppers
Get Some Sunshine
Here are some outdoor activities to try this summer:
- Go for a walk in nature
- Take a bike ride
- Create some sidewalk/driveway art with chalk
- Go camping in your backyard
- Have a picnic
- Watch the sunset
- Go kayaking
Geocaching: For the adventurer
Click here to download the geocaching app!
Want to find the best Geocaching trails in New York? Go to Trail Link!
Bring outside inside
These are some easy to grow indoor plants:
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)
- Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
- Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
Try a new summer recipe
Here is a recipe for an Avocado & Corn Salad
3 ears corn, husks removed
1 medium poblano pepper
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon ancho chile powder
½ teaspoon salt, divided
¼ cup avocado oil
1 medium tomato, chopped
¼ cup crumbled cotija cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 avocado, chopped
6 cups coarsely chopped romaine lettuce
1.) Preheat grill to high (450 degrees F to 500 degrees F). Lightly coat corn and poblano with cooking spray. Grill, uncovered, until lightly charred and tender, 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove the corn from the grill. Continue to grill the poblano until it's totally charred and blackened on the outside, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool for 10 minutes.
2.) Whisk lime juice, honey, ancho chile powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in avocado oil until blended. Set aside.
3.) Cut corn kernels from the cobs. Peel the poblano and remove and discard the seeds; coarsely chop. Toss the corn kernels, chopped poblano, tomato, cheese and cilantro together in a medium bowl. Fold in avocado and season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
4.) Toss romaine and 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette together in a large bowl; transfer to a platter. Top with the corn and avocado mixture and drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette.
Make the most of video calls
These days, video conference calls are becoming more prevalent. Use technology to your advantage! Click here if you'd like to learn how to add a virtual background, easily mute your microphone, share your screen and more!