Valentine’s Day is typically marked with red hearts, chocolate and greeting cards. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day in all its commercial forms or not, it’s also a day to share your love with those around you. In honor of Valentine’s Day, and Random Act of Kindness Day on February 17, we offer a different spin on Valentine’s Day this year: practice kindness and pay it forward.

At Hike it Baby, one of our guiding principles is that we respect nature. So this week, why not pay it forward by practicing random acts of nature kindness?

Photo credit: Melissa Hollingsworth

10 Ways to Show Nature Some Love

Here are ten ways to practice kindness and to help instill a love for Mother Earth with your little ones.

1. Make a special love-inspired treat. We love this idea of simply turning small oranges into “cutie” Valentine’s cards.

2. Pick up trash at your favorite park or on your favorite trail.

3. Take a walk to a Little Free Library and leave a book or two.

4. Stay on the trail to prevent soil erosion.

5. Plant something at your house (inside or outside).

6. Pledge to stop buying plastic bottled water (buy reusable water bottles instead; we love FIFTY/FIFTY).

7. Paint kindness stones and leave them for others to find (just be sure to follow Leave No Trace guidelines).

8. Contact your state or county parks for info on upcoming trail restoration projects and how you and/or your branch can volunteer.

9. Practice trail stewardship on your next hike by clearing the trail of sticks, limbs and rocks.

10. Sponsor a family to get out on trail with Hike it Baby, or invite a friend to hike with you this week.

Amidst all the glitter and sugar that comes with Valentine’s Day, we hope you are able to take a few moments to remember why you love hiking, the outdoors and Hike it Baby. We encourage you to share your Hike it Baby story and tag us on your social media platforms with #HikeitBaby. Together, we are raising a generation to love the outdoors.

Photo credit: Ali Chandra

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How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Are you incorporating a love for nature and the outdoors? Comment below. We’d love to hear your traditions!

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