10 Ways to #OptOutside on Black Friday

Posted by: Molly Herber on Nov 18, 2015

Planning to #OptOutside on Black Friday like our partners at REI, but not sure how? Here are a few ideas to get you started!

1. Go for a walk with your favorite critter

Llama packing

Photo by Nick Springer.

2. SAY THANKS TO YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LANDS AGENCY BY VISITING A PARK AND PICKING UP TRASH

nps-park-cleanup.jpg

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

You can play at the park while you clean up, too!

3. Try something new

Try something new

Photo by Shaun Dunphy.

Try an outdoor activity that you don’t usually do: slacklining, mountain biking in a costume, roller skiing, trail running, geocaching… 

4. PARTICIPATE IN A CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT

Wilderness Youth Class

Photo by Lindsay D'Addato.

A lot of projects rely on ordinary people to help collect data on the natural world, and many can be done on your own time. Find a citizen science project you can join.

5. Take a nap in your backyard to recover from your food coma

Taking a nap

Courtesy of Imgur.

6. Have a contest to see who can spend the most continuous hours outside 

Preparing for Bed Outside

Photo by Cass Colman.

We recommend starting at midnight the day after Thanksgiving and going through the following midnight.

7. Learn something about the ecology in your area and try to observe it in Real Life

Learning about Local Ecology

Photo by Riley Hopeman. 

Some things you could look for: figuring out where local birds forage for food, or if you can see the dynamics of the local squirrel population.

8. Start your own post-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 

Thanksgiving Turkey Run

Photo courtesy of RaceRoster.com

Head out to your favorite trail or park and go for a run or walk with family and friends before tucking in to your Thanksgiving leftovers.

9. Eat your Thanksgiving leftovers outside 

Enjoying a Meal Outside

Photo by Tracy Baynes.

10. Go stargazing

Go stargazing

Photo by Reece Robinson.

See how many constellations you can identify or how many deep space objects you can find through binoculars. Your phone can help! There are plenty of apps to help you get the most out of your night sky viewing. Don’t forget the hot chocolate!

Have fun getting outside, no matter how you do it! 

Take a look at our courses to see how you can get outside all year round. 

Editor's note: Post updated 11/7/2017 and 11/16/2018. REI sponsors over 1,100 NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses each year—find a course near you.

Molly is a NOLS instructor and writer. She loves the smell of her backpack and does her best writing before 7:00 am. When she's not scouting the next post for the NOLS Blog, she's running and climbing on rocks in Wyoming. Follow her on Instagram @mgherber