Eco-Friendly Summer Fun Ideas

Summer break is the perfect time of year to explore new activities and get close to nature. The fun does not need to cost a lot, both in terms of money and our environmental resources. Be sure to get outside and enjoy the summer sun! Here are a few eco-friendly summer activity ideas to try.


Plant a tree

Trees are an essential part of our ecosystem and what better way to appreciate them than to help one grow! Facilities held a tree planting event a few months ago and added new trees to Susan B. Anthony Bowl. Not sure what type of tree to plant? Check out the University’s arboretum that includes more than 1,400 trees of 116 different species.


DIY projects

There are tons of do-it-yourself project ideas on our blog. From toilet paper bird feeders to repurposing food containers and old towels, there’s always a fun project waiting for you. To find the perfect activity for you, start by using the search button and typing in some keywords.


Water fun

When a hot summer day seems too much, it seems like the only way to get through the heat is to get wet! However, running the hose for an all-day slip and slide is not very eco-friendly, not to mention your water bill. Instead, try soaking up a few sponges or washcloths in a kiddie pool for hours of play. And be sure to use the leftover water in your garden or lawn.



There are lots of places to explore and camping is a great way to get in touch with nature. Whether it’s in the woods, by the beach, or in your backyard, camping brings you face-to-face with nature’s beauty.


Ride a bike

Biking is a simple, yet fun way to explore the city. Ride around your neighborhood or venture farther from home. If you are in the Rochester area, be sure to check out this detailed trail and biking map.


Explore locally

Whether you are staying in Rochester or are staying home, there are lots to do in every city. A simple online search can help you find nearby parks, events, and friend groups. A fun idea is to think of yourself as a tourist in your own town. Who knows, you might surprise yourself with some hidden gems.



If you are planning on traveling this summer, be sure to check out these tips before and during your adventure. The tips include ways to reduce energy usage while you’re away and choosing an environmentally friendly hotel.


Written by Emily Su, Class of 2022

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