Like our favorite nature-based activities, keeping a nature journal helps kids slow down when they're outdoors and take in their surroundings. Part field journal, part art portfolio and part diary, a nature journal is a special place for kids to keep track of and record their observations from nature.
Living through a global pandemic that restricts our social interactions and even requires quarantining is no fun for any of us, especially kids. Under this new and evolving condition, many parents are wondering how to keep their kids healthy and happy during this time. We have an elegant solution for them: nature (yes, you probably knew that ahead of time).
Nothing beats the great outdoors. But if your family is having some indoor time, don’t dismay. Your kids can still get a nature fix of sorts. These excellent resources can help kids learn about the natural world.
We scoured the web, looking at some of our favorite wildlife and nature-based organization to come up with this list for you of nature-based learning curriculum for schools and homeschools! From citizen-science projects, outdoor explorations, activities, lesson plans, toolkits, you'll find many creative resources to help jumpstart nature-based education for your kids or students.
Micronature is simply digestible nature, or nature in small enough doses to take in and to study. By observing micronature, your child can actually try to notice every detail of a natural area as it's small enough to explore and analyze. Micronature is an excellent way for your child to “claim” a little piece of the outdoors, get to know it intimately through observation and repeat visits.
When they’re brimming with screens, playdates can’t help kids polish their social skills. And they certainly can’t help kids reap the rewards of outdoor playtime. Here are a few strategies you can try to keep screens out of playdates—and get the kids outside.
What could be more enchanting than a fairyhouse tucked away in the corner of a garden? Or in the nook of a tree? They’re adorable. They’re magical. And creating them is a creative way for a child to spend (endless) time outdoors. Why & how to start building one with your child, NEW in our Activity Finder!
Why Your Child Should Try Nature Photography
To help you figure out the proper daily dose of nature for your child, we dug into the most recent and widely-circulated studies to come up with this roundup of the recommendations for "just right" nature time each day.