Virginia and Maryland have several preserves that are great places to see nature up-close. The Nature Rocks Web site (www.naturerocks.org) provides areas for outdoor activity across the country. Search by Zip code, type of activity, age or even weather conditions.
Keira Slocum, 7, of Southern Maryland uses a net to explore life in a pond at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Keira said kids should get out in nature "because it is fun to learn about the plants and animals that live around us and sometimes you get to get dirty too.” Ann Cameron Siegal Buy Photo