Family Activities for At-Home Exploration
Educational Activity Downloads:
- Nature Journaling Basics
- Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
- Build Your Own Worm Bin
- How Tall Will your Dandelion Grow?
- Sprouting an Avocado Pit
- The Curious Case of the Double-Growing Lettuce
- Tree Identification Series: White Pine
- Tree Identification Series: Beech
- Tree Identification Series: Eastern Hemlock
Need More Ideas?
There are so many organizations out there providing engaging remote learning opportunities! We’re inspired by these creative approaches to distance learning and staying engaged, and we hope you are too!
For the artists at home:
- Grab your colored pencils and learn about pollinators with SciStarter’s pollinator coloring sheet: https://orrery-media.s3.amazonaws.com/library/Pollinator_Printable_04_12.pdf
- Want to dive into scientific sketching? Start here with a leaf! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5MCdB3zH82pdXFHb1dabkFacVk/view
- For more advanced drawing techniques, learn from the pros: https://johnmuirlaws.com/drawing-plants/
Glimpse into other worlds with LiveCams! Watch a mama eagle nesting with her babies, travel to a research center in Kenya to observe animals near a watering hole, dive underwater with manatees swimming at a state park in Florida, or just hang out in a living room full of puppies! https://explore.org/livecams
Screen to Green:
Not all of our distance learning takes place online. Check out what these other organizations are offering to go from Screen to Green and start exploring outdoors!
1. Distance Learning with Duke Farms: https://www.dukefarms.org/making-an-impact/distance-learning/
2. “This Week in the Woods” from Northern Woodlands Magazine:
3. Harris Center for Conservation Education’s outdoor exploration guides:
- “Go Wild: Things Your Kids Can Do Outside” (for kids and families): https://harriscenter.org/things-your-kids-can-do-outside
- “Nature’s Calling You: Things to do” (for adults): https://harriscenter.org/natures-calling-you
4. Explore and learn about the plants and animals around you with VT Center for Ecostudies’ Vermont Atlas of Life (https://val.vtecostudies.org/), and click “projects” to explore or contribute to one of the many citizen science projects, such as eBird or the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas.
5. Hone your plant ID skills (or just enjoy the beautiful photography) using these free-to-download charts and graphics from the Northern Forest Atlas: https://northernforestatlas.org/category/products/