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National Get Outdoors Day

Want an excuse to have an outdoor adventure? Well, to be honest, you really don’t need an excuse—if anything, you probably need a reason not to get out there instead! Whether you’re looking for a reason or an excuse, though, it is now here in the form of National Get Outdoors Day.

Saturday, June 11 is this year’s National Get Outdoors Day, and you can partake in some amazing outdoor adventures at a local state or national park. Here are just some of specific events that you can enjoy with your loved ones!

People outdoors.

It’s time to explore the great outdoors! [Image: http://theadventureblog.blogspot.com/]

Upper Kern Cleanup, California

The Sequoia Recreation, which is a division of the California Land Management within the U.S. Forest Service, meets every year on the second weekend of June (this year, they’ll be meeting on June 11) to join together and clean the Upper Kern area. The Kern River is a valuable resource as a clean and safe waterway, and volunteers work relentlessly each year to ensure that its remains as such.

Learn more information here.

Get Outdoors Family Fishing Picnic, Pennsylvania

Bring your whole family out for a relaxing fishing trip on Sunday, June 12 at the Tussey Mountain Pond. They’ll provide the tackle for anyone who wants to join in on this idyllic Sunday afternoon. So bring your rods and see what you can hook!

Learn more information here.

Kid in a log.

Peek-a-boo! [Image: http://www.getoutdoorscolorado.org/]

Loop Lake Shelbyville Bike Ride, Illinois

If you’re searching for an end of spring bike-venture, then look no further than Loop Lake Shelbyville ride! There are three options for cyclists of all levels: a short 22-mile ride, a medium length 46-miles, and a longer 65-mile trek. So whether this is your first time around the lake, so to speak, or you’re a seasoned bike tourer, this is a great way to get outside and enjoy yourself!

Learn more information here.

Family biking.

Nothing like a family bike ride! [Image: https://totalwomenscycling.com/]

Get Outdoors Adventure Awaits Expo, Washington

Looking to try a new outdoor activity? Then look no further than the National Get Outdoors Day Outdoor Expo at Millersylvania State Park on June 11! It’s a fun day for the whole family, filled with prizes, demos, kid activities, and the chance to learn about (or even try!) a new outdoor activity. It’s the perfect place to be if you’re looking to fill your summer up with outdoor fun.

Learn more information here.

This is just a sample of all the many parks that will be holding events this weekend for National Get Outdoors Day. You can find more participating areas here. And before you go, don’t forget to make sure you download your state’s Pocket Ranger® mobile app so you can make the best of your adventure. Happy travels!

How to Plan the Perfect Picnic

Happy Earth Day! Go out and celebrate with a spring picnic. If planning isn’t your favorite thing to do, then we’ve got you covered! Once you follow this guide on planning the perfect picnic, everyone is sure to have a blast.

Location

Picnic tables on green grass by a lake

Image: www.picnic-basket.com

Using your state’s Pocket Ranger® app, you can find state parks that offer picnicking spots for you. Just go to Explore > By Activity > Picnicking. Or you can simply search by using the Nearest Me map feature and selecting only the picnicking icon from the menu.

Date & Weather

Blue sky with the sun shining above green grass and trees

Image: www.landscapehdwalls.com

It is important that you choose a date where all of your guests are able to attend. While you are choosing a day, remember to check the weather to make sure that there won’t be any rain clouds in sight.

Theme

Aloha themed picnic decorations

Image: blog.smartyhadaparty.com

To make a picnic exciting and unique, the host should make it a theme picnic. Guests can come dressed to match the theme or they can bring recipes! Themes can vary from Hawaiian, 80’s themed, fiesta, sports, Mardi Gras, etc.

What to Pack

Picnic basket with a cooler with drinking items

Image: www.popsugar.com

  • A picnic basket for tableware and nonperishable items.
  • 2 coolers – Use one for cold beverages and the other one for perishable foods such as meats and salads.
  • Food that will be barbequed to feed all of your guests, unless each guest is bringing a dish.
  • Plastic bags – To keep your trash in.
  • Folding chairs
  • Blankets or sheets to spread out if you like to sit on the grass.

Temperatures

Cold food should be kept at 40 degrees or colder so it won’t spoil. Your cooler should be 25% ice and 75% food. Ice should be on the bottom and at the sides. Place the heaviest, perishable foods over the ice at the bottom of the cooler; then layer lighter items on top. Remember that a full cooler will stay colder longer and that larger pieces of ice melt slowly. Hot foods should be kept at 140 degrees or more.

If you are taking salads with you, remember to place serving containers in a larger pan with ice under them, to keep them cold and fresh.

BBQ Tips

Family barbecuing in the park

Image: urbanmilwaukeedial.com

If you are planning on barbecuing at the park, make sure that the park you are visiting has BBQ grills available, unless you are permitted to bring your own grill.

Before leaving home, wrap raw meat in plastic containers or in re-sealable plastic bags. You can also freeze meats before packing, especially if you are traveling a long distance. It is advised to not partially cook foods at home to speed up the cooking process, which can cause bacteria to grow on food.

Fun Stuff

Family playing football in the park

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To keep the fun going, bring along board games, softballs, a football or a frisbee. You can also check for playgrounds, basketball courts and ATV trails during your state park location research.

You and your guests can also go on a hike to tour the state park you are visiting, and watch the sunset if you are planning to stay the entire day.

Suggested Gear:

  • Sun Screen
  • Shades
  • Hat
  • Bug Repellent

Check out these accessories at our Pocket Ranger® Gear Store and search for much more items that can be used during your outdoor adventure.

Maryland’s Patapsco Valley State Park

Contributed by Katie Levy of Adventure-Inspired

Buzzards Rock Trail through the woods [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

Buzzards Rock Trail [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

Aside from napping (as long as I’m not driving, of course), one of my favorite ways to pass the time on long drives is to put on a good podcast. It seemed as though everyone in the world was talking about Serial, a spin-off of This American Life around the turn of the year, and on a long drive from Philadelphia to Vermont, I got through almost all 12 episodes.

One of the most mentioned locations in the podcast is a small recreation destination 20 minutes west of Baltimore, Maryland – Patapsco Valley State Park. To me, the park became infamous thanks to Serial, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit. There’s a lot more to Patapsco Valley than Serial’s listeners might realize.

About the Park and Getting There

The Swinging Bridge over Patapsco River at Patapsco Valley State Park [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

The Swinging Bridge [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Patapsco Valley State Park is Maryland’s oldest state park. Historic sites like Elkridge Landing, Bloede Dam, and Daniels Dam are among the numerous historic sites visitors can learn more about. The park covers over 16,000 acres along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, and the park headquarters are easily accessible via US-40 West at the Hollofield Area. Other park areas include Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove, Hilton, Pickall, Daniels, and McKeldin.

In the southern part of Patapsco Valley State Park, the Avalon, Orange Grove, and Glen Artney areas offer visitors the chance to see the remains of old mill towns, picnic, hike, and camp. Orange Cove is home to a swinging bridge and the popular Grist Mill Trail. To the north, the Hilton area offers more picnic shelters and hiking trails, as well as a nature center, playground, and camping. It’s popular among the locals, given its close proximity to the town of Cantonsville, and among mountain bikers. The Pickall area, open seasonally, is home to large picnic shelters, playgrounds, basketball courts, and access to the Patapsco River for swimming.

Grist Mill Trail follows the Patapsco River at Patapsco Valley State Park [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

Grist Mill Trail [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

In the center of the park, the Hollofield area offers beautiful overlooks, camping opportunities, picnic shelters, and is home to Patapsco Valley State Park’s headquarters. The Daniels area is, according to the Maryland DCNR, the least developed area of Patapsco Valley and offers paddling and angling opportunities visitors won’t find elsewhere in the park. If you’re into disc golf, the McKeldin area in the northern part of the park is a great place to stop. The area also has camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and picnicking opportunities.

As a note, if you’re planning on visiting the Hilton or Pickall areas, be aware there’s a service fee. You’ll also want to make campground reservations in advance, which is a cinch with the DCNR’s online reservation system.

The Grist Mill Trail, Bloede’s Dam, Buzzards Rock and More

Grist Mill Trail passes by the Patapsco River in late winter at Patapsco Valley State Park [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

Grist Mill Trail [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

We spent the majority of our visit to Patapsco Valley State Park between the Glen Artney area on the northeastern and the Hilton area. After parking in a gravel parking lot, (39.251820, -76.764220), we walked down Ilchester Road to the northwestern end of the Grist Mill Trail and followed the trail along the Patapsco River to the Patapsco Reservoir and the Bloede Dam.

Sawmill Trail passes through winter woods at Patapsco Valley State Park [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

Sawmill Trail [Image Credit: Katie Levy]

After spending some time exploring around the dam, we continued down the Grist Mill Trail, crossed the river on a suspension bridge for a bathroom stop where the Cascade Trail meets River Road, then crossed back over and backtracked along the Grist Mill Trail. After making our way back up a good majority of the way back to the car, we turned right on the yellow-blazed Buzzards Rock trail, following it up to an overlook. We followed the Saw Mill Trail back down to the Grist Mill trail and back to the cars. It was an easy, fun, and beautiful two hour excursion in the park.

Overall, if you’re in the area, I’d highly recommend a visit to Patapsco Valley State Park. If you’ve been, what are your favorite parts of the park to explore? We’d love to hear from you!

Salads for a Summer Picnic

Picnicking in state parks can be a ton of fun with games, activities and food. But what is a picnic without a delicious salad? Not sure what type of salad to make? Check out some of these salads for your summer picnic.

Mexican Coleslaw

Courtesy of delish.com

This coleslaw goes best on a taco or you can munch on it as a snack. This recipe serves 8 and the total time to make it is 20 minutes.

Cabbage Mexican Coleslaw

Image: www.tattoodonkey.com

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of thinly sliced green cabbage (1/2 head)
  • ½ cup peeled and grated carrots (2-3 medium)
  • 1/3 cups of chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cups of rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Directions

1. Place cabbage and carrots in a colander; rinse thoroughly with cold water to crisp. Let drain for 5 minutes.

2. Whisk cilantro, vinegar, oil and salt in a large bowl. Add cabbage and carrots; toss well to coat.

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad

 Courtesy of eatingwell.com

This is the simplest salad to make, especially if you are in a hurry heading to your state park for a good picnic spot. This recipe serves 6 and total time to make is 50 minutes.

Cucumber, Tomato, Onion Salad

Image: www.pinterest.com/pin/173177548141326359/

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 4 medium tomatoes (cut into ½ wedges)
  • 1 sweet onion (halved and thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped herbs (parsley, chives)

 Directions

  1. Whisk vinegar, oil, honey, salt and pepper in a large shallow bowl.
  2. Remove alternating stripes of peel from the cucumbers. Slice the cucumbers into thin rounds. Add the cucumber slices, tomatoes and onion to the dressing; gently toss to combine. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Just before serving, add herbs and toss again.

Seven-Layer Salad

 Courtesy of recipe.com

This recipe is Midwestern. It has layers of lettuce, peas, bell peppers and tomatoes with a tangy dressing. The best thing about this salad is that it stays fresh until it is time for your picnic. This recipe serves 10 and total time to make is 30 minutes.

Colorful Seven layer salad

Image: tsgcookin.com

Ingredients

  •  8 cups of shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • ½ cup sliced scallions
  • ¾ cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • ¾ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 3 strip cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions

1. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Layer peas, bell pepper, tomatoes, celery and scallions on top.

2. Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar to taste, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Spread the dressing evenly over the top of the salad. Sprinkle with cheese, basil and bacon.

 Roasted Corn, Black Bean, and Mango Salad

Courtesy of myrecipes.com

If you are having a picnic in the park and plan on firing up the grill, here is a refreshing topping for grilled food such as chicken, pork or even salmon for that extra kick! This recipe serves 8 and it takes 45 minutes to make.

Mango Salad

Image: sweetpeaskitchen.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups corn kernals
  • 2 cups mango, peeled and diced
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 small can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, drained and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in corn; cook 8 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Place corn mixture in a large bowl. Add mango and remaining ingredients except greens; stir well. Arrange 1 cup greens on each of 8 plates. Spoon 1 cup corn mixture over greens.

Playground and picnic area near water

Image: www.tripadvisor.com

Download your state’s Pocket Ranger® app to find a state park near you with a picnic area and a playground so your whole family can enjoy the day. Happy summer picnicking!

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A Walk in Vacationland’s Woods: Vaughan Woods State Park, Maine

Vaughan Woods State Park Trail with green trees and bridge

Vaughan Woods State Park, Maine
[Image: forum.hike-nh.com]

May and June are some of the best months to visit Maine. While many will flock to Maine (a.k.a. “Vacationland”) in the summer months for lobster rolls, outlet shopping, and beaches, the pre-summer season is a great way to enjoy Maine’s beauty without all the crowds. Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for Maine State Parks & Lands mobile app makes discovering idyllic gems like Vaughan Woods State Park a cinch.

Shady Stroll Trail in Vaughan Woods State Park with waterfalls and green trees

Shady Stroll Trail, Vaughan Woods State Park [Image: forum.hike-nh.com]

Located at the southernmost tip of Maine, Vaughan Woods State Park is a 250-acre forest that stretches out along the scenic Salmon Falls River. In the woods, wildflowers pop up white and purple, and in the perennial gardens surrounding the property’s historic Georgian mansion, irises, daffodils, tulips, and lilies are coming into bloom. Vaughan Woods’ well-maintained, 3 mile long trail network makes it the perfect day hike for all ages and abilities. Even better, leashed dogs are welcome on the trails!

Dogs sitting by irises at Vaughan Woods State Park

Dog-friendly Vaughan Woods State Park!
[Image: Jessica Feldman]

Each trail holds attractive features like babbling brooks and small waterfalls, tiny woodland flowers, and old growth forests reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings. Deeper in these woods, the trail Warren Way passes by the remains of Scottish settler James Warren’s homestead. All that remains of the 17th century site is the original rock foundation and a small, family graveyard.

Warren Homesite in woods with headstone

Warren Homesite [Image: forum.hike-nh.com]

When on the Warren Way trail, be sure to listen and watch for larger birds like pileated woodpeckers and barred owlw. The call of the barred owl? “Who-cooks-for-you? Who-cooks-for-you-all?” 

Barred Owl perched in tree

Image: www.allaboutbirds.org

Spacious wooden benches are situated at scenic spots along the Salmon Falls River making them a great place to have a snack (or a nap!) before continuing on. Make sure to stop by at the Cow Cove bench on the Scenic River Run trail to get a picturesque view of the historic Hamilton House.

Person looking out on Salmon Falls River from treeline

Looking out over the Salmon Falls River [Image: www.seacoastnh.com]

Near the park entrance, Vaughan Woods State Park offers large picnic tables and grills for barbecuing, perfect for large groups. A small playground and meadow nearby keep the kids busy (and yet, in sight!) until the hot dogs are ready.

White historic mansion Hamilton House and gardens in summer

Hamilton House and Gardens, Maine [Image: www.historicnewengland.org]

However, for couples or small groups, the best picnicking spots are found on the lawns of the Hamilton House. Simply throw down a blanket, break out the cheese and crackers, and admire the view from the hilltop outlook over the Salmon Falls River. After lunch, take your time smelling the flowers in one of the perennial flower gardens. Using your Pocket Ranger® mobile app, snap a photo waypoint to share on Facebook or Twitter!

White arches in garden at historic Hamilton House

Image: www.historicnewengland.org

Hamilton House was built in 1785 by Colonel Jonathan Hamilton, and later purchased by wealthy Bostonian and horse enthusiast, Mrs. Tyson-Vaughan. Mrs. Tyson-Vaughan once rode her horses on many of the trails that wind through Vaughan Woods today, which is why horseback riding is still permitted at the park. During the warmer months, Hamilton House is open to the public through the Society for the Preservation of New England. For a small admission fee, visitors can tour the inside of the mansion, which houses original antique furnishings, handcrafted decorative arts, and two large, whimsical murals.

Sepia photograph of Salmon Falls River and Vaughan woods

Salmon Falls River at Vaughan Woods State Park, Maine [Image: Jessica Feldman]

If you’d like to learn more about Vaughan Woods State Park as well as other beautiful parks in the “Vacationland” state of Maine, be sure to download the FREE Official Guide for Maine State Parks & Lands mobile app!

3 Lemonade Recipes Perfect for Spring

Now that we’re heading into May, spring just feels more real. (Are we right?) And in our heads, spring rhymes with lemonade. (We’re not the best at rhyming, okay?) And we don’t even have to mention our love for the outdoors, because honestly, if you didn’t know that, where have you been? (No, but really. Where? Not on this blog, clearly. So, welcome! Welcome, welcome.)

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite homemade recipes for lemonade. They’re all perfect for a post-biking/hiking/climbing/fishing/etc. excursion, or of course, for a picnic at a state park. You can even make some at your campsite – or at least bring it with you! Read away, friends. Read away.

Fresh-Squeezed Blackberry Lemonade

Adapted from PaintChipsAndFrosting.com

fresh-squeezed blackberry lemonade

Image: paintchipsandfrosting.com/2013/05/22/fresh-squeezed-blackberry-lemonade

Ingredients

  • 7 lemons (approximately 1 1/2 cups lemon juice)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 + 5 cups water
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 pint blackberries

Directions

  1. Juice the lemons. Remove seeds and strain pulp if desired.
  2. Heat sugar and 2 cups water to boiling and stir to dissolve all of the sugar. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least a half hour.
  3. Puree ~1 cup blackberries and strain seeds if desired; you will end up with about 1/3 cup blackberry puree.
  4. Mix lemon juice, sugar water, remaining water, and blackberry puree, and refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Serve over ice.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Adapted from SheKnows.com

sparkling strawberry lemonade

Image: www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/961585/refreshing-summer-mocktails-for-kids

Ingredients (per drink)

  • 4 ounces ginger ale
  • 4 ounces fresh lemonade (see second recipe)
  • 3 medium strawberries

Directions

  1. Remove the tops of two of the strawberries. Then finely chop them and set them aside.
  2. Combine ginger ale and fresh lemonade in a glass with ice. Top with chopped strawberries.
  3. Garnish the rim of the glass with the remaining strawberry and serve.

Watermelon Lemonade

Adapted from YellowBlissRoad.com

watermelon lemonade recipe

Image: www.yellowblissroad.com/refreshing-watermelon-lemonade-and

Ingredients (makes about 2 quarts)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups lemon juice
  • 4 cups water

Directions

  1. Wash your lemons, then slice them in half.
  2. Use a juicer to juice your lemons.
  3. Pour 2 cups of white sugar into a large pitcher, followed by 3 cups of fresh lemon juice, strained through a sieve to remove any pulp or seeds. Stir well until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add water, stir well, and chill.
  5. To make watermelon lemonade, first freeze chunks of watermelon on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper for at least an hour.
  6. Add a healthy handful or 2 of the watermelon ice cubes to your lemonade, garnish with a lemon slice and a pretty straw, and enjoy! The frozen watermelon not only adds flavor, but helps to keeps your lemonade cold and refreshing.

What are some of your favorite lemonade recipes? And what state parks will you be picnicking at (with your lemonade in tow, of course)?

Top 5 Nature-Themed Bento Lunches

If you have a desire to make healthy food that’s fun to eat, you should learn about bento lunches! This traditional Japanese method of making segmented lunch is also great for people who have food allergies and specific dietary needs.

Sometimes labor intensive, creating bento boxes is a great way to show your spouse, children and other loved ones how much you care!

There’s also a lot of room for creativity, as you’ll see in this list of our top 5 nature-themed bento lunches. Enjoy!

1. Camping Bento 

Top 5 Nature Themed Bento Lunches

Image: www.beneficial-bento.com/2012/06/camping-bento.html?m=1

It may not seem like it considering the current weather, but camping season is coming back! This beautiful camping-themed bento from beneficial-bento has a cool purple sky made with “forbidden rice”.

The creator of this bento really amped up the nature theme with some zucchini trees (not to mention the delicious sounding combo of lean ground beef and lentils for the ground). Oh, and the moon and stars are cheese.

2. Wildlife Veggie Bento

Top 5 Nature Themed Bento Lunches

Image: www.veggie-bento.com

We love wildlife here at ParksByNature and this next beautiful bento art is from veggie-bento. The totally cute bear is a cheese sandwich and he’s caught a gummy fish! Art imitating life.

Let’s not forget about those asparagus trees and carrot flowers! Not only does it make us happy to look at, but it looks good enough to eat.

3. St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Bento

Top 5 Nature Themed Bento Lunches

Image: www.pinterest.com/pin/263671753156137132/

Irish-themed bento! That’s right—we didn’t forget it was St. Patrick’s day today! Enjoy the holiday, and maybe eat something green and healthy. All those green foods up there look tasty and are an explosion of color for the eye. We’re feeling inspired to eat some greens just by looking at it!

4. Heron Bento

Top 5 Nature Themed Bento Lunches

Image: www.flickr.com/photos/kitsa_sakurako/475692905/in/set-72157603564413806

Yep—that’s a heron. Made out of egg. (Which is some good protein for your hike or birding activities!) And look at that blue rice sky! How did they get it so blue? This bento art comes from Sakurako Kitsa, who has made many beautiful bentos with themes ranging from a movie to nature scenes to animals.

5. Goose Bento

Top 5 Nature Themed Bento Lunches

Image: www.flickr.com/photos/kitsa_sakurako/1208491716/in/set-72157603564413806/

Well, what can we say. If you made it on this list you really know what you’re doing! And lunch artist Sakurako Kitsa has some great nature-themed bentos. Here’s a couple of Canadian geese looking majestic against some sky blue rice.

Bento Lunch Boxes for the Trail

There are a lot of cool products you can use to take your bento creation on the trail. You grab your Pocket Ranger® app and you’re ready to go and enjoy eating some bento nature scenes while you enjoy looking at real nature scenes! Here are a couple of product options for bringing your bento lunch on the trail: 

Top 5 Nature Themed Bento Lunches

Image: www.ecolunchboxes.com/ecolunchbox-three-in-one/

This ECOlunchbox Three In One is great for packing a nice lunch for the trail, and of course its reusability makes it eco-friendly! Careful though—these aren’t totally leak proof if you’re packing wetter foods.

 

Top 5 Nature Themed Bento Lunches

Image: www.justbento.com/bento-box-spotlight-light-my-fire-lunchbots-rosti-mepal

This design from Light my Fire looks almost as cool as your inevitably awesome bento lunches will look! It comes with a spork and some other pieces if you get the whole meal kit. Both of these lunch boxes are a good size, perfect for when you go out for a picnic.

Handmade bento lunch is a craft that has experienced a revival in recent years and we hope this list inspires you to think about some fun, creative and healthy ways to bring lunch on your next outdoor activity. So use your Pocket Ranger® app to find a new location for a picnic or a hike, pack a lunch and let’s enjoy nature and have fun!