Scott Stoll logo world traveler. A bicycle wheel and the globe symbolizes Scott's journey around the world on a bicycle.

Backyard Adventures

Fun mini-adventures that you can do right in your own backyard — literally. I’ve always been an advocate that anything can be an adventure if you have eyes of wonder. Most people think this is kid’s stuff, but I challenge adults to find an adventure in their everyday life, too, and to have fun while doing it!

How to turn dreams into reality: Dream It! Map It! Play It!

Update: Most of our activities for kids (parents and teachers) have a new home on Dreamaplay.com. Visit us for even more fun.

Scott feeding a Bengal tiger

Returning home as an essential part of travel

An introduction to enjoying the little things in life and finding an adventure right in your own backyard. Before I even returned home from bicycling the world, I wondered if I would see everything in a new light of wisdom, or whether I might die of boredom.

International Space Station over Earth the pale blue dot.

Spot the International Space Station

Here is an easy backyard adventure that I have done 3 times already. You can easily spot the International Space Station flying overhead. It looks a lot like a fast airplane except that’s a lot higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour.

Terraced garden peppers and tomatoes and pollinating plants

Grow Food NOT Grass

What better way to have a backyard adventure than to grow a garden? We recommend you start with a potted plant like basil.

Are you a flutterby or a butterfly? Don't let life pass you by.

Are you a flutterby?

Do you stop to smell the flowers and sip the nectar of life? Or do you just flutter past everything and let your wings get caught in the winds of life?

A colorful elephant sculpture with a big smile. It's made out of recyclable laundry detergent bottles.

An elephant-sized lesson in recycling

This is a great, life-sized example of just how much stuff we consume. Now multiple this by every school in the country. Wow! That would be about 137,000 plastic elephants.

Students examine red worms and compost bin

Worms eat my garbage

Your adventure, should you choose to accept it, is to build your own compost bin at home. This is a great way to recycle your scraps and reduce your eco-footprint.

A snail with reddish-orange stripes on the wet pavement.

Photo Safari

Backyard Adventures. Fun, mini-expeditions helping students and parents see the world with eyes of wonder. First in my series is the Photo Safari.

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