- Participate in a 5K for a local charity. If you can't run or walk the distance, then offer to volunteer to pass out water, or check people in.
- Clean up litter in your neighborhood. Invite your neighbors to help out, and make it a fun day.
- Walk to a new neighbor's house with a freshly baked welcome treat.
- Take a stroll to your local Farmer's Market, and support community farmers by buying some good-for-you produce.
- Plant a garden at your house, even if it's just some herbs in pots on your patio.
- Install rain barrels under your gutters and use the water to keep the aforementioned garden hydrated.
- Build (and use!) a compost bin.
- Enlist the help of a kiddo and clean up a local playground. Stay for playtime.
- Find an organization that does home repairs for people in need (like Rebuilding Together) or home building (i.e., Habitat for Humanity), and pitch in.
- Volunteer at an outdoor community event like an Easter Egg Hunt, or concert on the green.
- Volunteer to help plant or weed in a community garden.
- Clean up a local river or stream.
- Go for a hike and do trail maintenance.
- Look around outside your home and properly dispose of any hazardous materials (i.e., pesticides, paint containers, etc.)
- Switch up your bug/weed control regimen for something green (try spraying your weeds with vinegar).
- Set up a playdate with friends at a local park - see if there's a way to leave the park in better shape than you found it.
- Instead of a Sunday drive, switch out the car for a bike and go for a ride.
- Attend local festivals, and be sure to support local vendors.
- Plan a picnic or barbecue and only feature local food.
- Encourage a child's interest in nature.
- Join a local recreational sports league.
- Attend a community gala or fundraiser at an outdoor venue.
- Plant a flower garden to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
- Work on your home's curb appeal.
- Volunteer to help a nonprofit, local business, or church do some exterior sprucing up for spring.
I wanna get outside and soak in some Vitamin D. May as well do some good while I'm at it. I put on the ol' thinking cap, and came up with 25 ways to do some good outside this spring (and summer, too). I hope at least one of these sounds like something you want to tackle. If you want some company, holla back and I'll have my people call your people.