Not a nature enthusiast yourself? Worried you don't have all the answers? That’s ok! Discovery isn’t about having the answers—it’s about modeling curiosity and the wonder and awe of the natural world. Be a co-explorer with your kids: Doing the activities together can make for new discoveries for you all.
We All Live Downstream: Using paper, markers and a spray bottle, create a mini-watershed model to learn more about how water flows.
iNaturalist: What Lives in Our Neighborhood?: Using your smart phone, get acquainted with the organisms in your neighborhood using this popular and easy-to-use nature app. Budding photographers welcome!
Sensory Scavenger Hunt: Taking a walk at your local park? Make it a sensory experience with discovery prompts in this activity.
Tiny Homes + I notice, I wonder...: Go outside and build tiny "homes" with local materials while strengthening your observation and curiosity skills!
Shadow Mapping: Is your shadow always the same? What affects how long it is? Do this easy experiment using sidewalk chalk to inspire learnings about the sun and the shadows it makes!
Animal Adaptation Challenge: Pick a habitat and get creative! Invent a new creature using science and your imagination, and a little competition if you have a few family members around!
Observing Our World: This in-depth activity will guide observations of the natural world with an introductory game, drawings, and inquiry! Curiosity and paper required!
Natural Objects Memory Game: This short activity will promote exploration and test kids' skills of observation. Can be combined with Sound Mapping, too!
What is Phenology?: Phenology is the science of the seasons. This introduction can lead to daily observations and recordings about the world around you!
To Each It's Own (modified BEETLES)
Sound Mapping (modified BEETLES)