Did you know that milk is a great source of Vitamin D?
That's right! Vitamin D isn't all about catching a few rays! A glass of milk can give you a quarter of your daily recommended dose of Vitamin D. That's convenient for us here in the Pacific Northwest where around 75% of people don't get enough Vitamin D! Milk helps build healthy bones and promotes strong immunity!
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Rainy Day Outdoor Tips & Tricks
Get the Gear
Erin Kenny, founder and director of Cedarsong Nature School, recommend Okiwear. Wearing waterproof and temperature appropriate clothing is key. Layers works well for us here in the Pacific Northwest.
Carry Extra Clothing
Always carry or be near an extra set of clothing. Changing those wet socks can make a huge difference. Don't forget a bag for the wet or dirty clothing!
I typically get inspired by being outdoors. However, on those days that I am finding myself moving a bit more slowly toward my rain gear, I pick up Anna Comstock's Handbook of Nature or read Richard Louv's blog or books. At that point I can't wait to get outside and convincing others to come along isn't difficult.
Notice the Changes
Honestly, as beautiful and striking as a lovely spring day may be for us, a rainy or cold day is far more interesting to me! Ask kids to describe the scene of a rainy or snowy day versus a spring or summer day. Perhaps have them draw the two scenes once inside, or better yet, find a sitting spot outside.
Study the Adaptors
What animals do you see? I love talking with my sons about the birds we see during the colder months. How amazing are these birds to adapt? Ask children how these adaptors survive over the colder months. What problems do these animals face? How do these animals prepare for less food and shelter?
Distinguish the Trees
Even a bare deciduous trees are beautiful. What makes them different from evergreen trees? Do evergreen trees keep all their needles? What are conifers? Are all cones alike? How do we tell the difference? Why do leaves change color and eventually fall to the ground?
Go on a Muddy Hike
I love running in the rain, puddle jumping, and getting muddy. I even love to run in the snow! There are great and different challenges that occur running in the snow. I welcome this challenges. Prepare yourself for some mud. Wear your tall boots and bring along a trash bag for your muddy clothes at the end.
Be a Role Model
Show your enthusiasm for the outdoors simply by living it! Show enthusiasm about fresh air and discovering new things!
Sometimes less really is more. When you choose natural milk, you're getting nine essential nutrients packed into a few natural ingredients. To learn more about what Washington dairy families are doing to keep your milk pure, fresh and local, visit akeyingredient.com. You can also follow along at Facebook at Facebook.com/DairyFarmersofWashington.