While visiting Casey in the fall, you’ll find a healthy mix of fun outdoor activities, as well as local favorites that promise both excitement and entertainment.
1. Go on a nature hike. Bring along a field guide to identify different kinds of trees. Look for wildlife collecting food for winter. Explain to kids how animals are starting to fatten up and grow thick, protective winter coats. Watch for migrating birds. Crockett Lake and Ebey’s Bluff are great spots for watching birds. Casey can also arrange for a forest/meadow walk, guided class, or an Audubon class and activity on local birding.
2. Collect fall leaves. Press them into books or preserve them in glycerin. Paste them onto handmade paper to create greeting cards, or glue them between two pieces of wax paper to make an attractive sun catcher.
3. Take a hayride. Many local farms offer hayrides during the fall, an excellent way to kick back and enjoy nature with smaller kids who may not be up for a long walk. While not titled a hayride – Sherman Farms offers Trolley Rides through their fields, weekends only beginning in October. Visit their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/SPFProduce/
4. Visit the pumpkin patch. Don’t buy your Halloween pumpkin from the grocery store. Go straight to the source. Kids will love wandering around the patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Choose a couple of big ones for jack-o-lanterns, and grab a few smaller ones for painting or general household decorations. Roast the seeds in your oven with a sprinkling of tasty spices, and grab a few to make pumpkin pies. Sherman Farms is the place to go.
5. Stuff a scarecrow. Dig out an old shirt and overalls and stuff it with leaves until firm. Add a pumpkin head (from your trip to the pumpkin patch), and you’ve got a great fall decoration.
6. Fly a kite. The gusty, brisk air makes autumn a great time for flying kites. Buy one from our store, or make your own.
7. Visit a haunted fort – at Fort Casey State Park Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21. This year, a Bounce House will be included, as well as games, lots of food vendors, and guided fort tours for kids 10 years and older. https://www.gocampcasey.org/haunted-fort-casey
8. Partake in color walks. Pinterest has tons of ideas on how to make your fall walks enjoyable. This one focuses on a color (all the yellow things, or green things, or whatever color you’ve chosen). Or if that’s not exciting enough, let us help you arrange a forest scavenger hunt.
More information on fall activities at http://minref.wixsite.com/coupeville-halloween/activities .