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Explore Nature with these Learning Resources!
Getting outside and exploring nature has lasting benefits for you, for kids, for everyone! A walk in a local park or green space has been shown to have measurable positive impacts on both physical and mental health. And, nature is a great place to explore and learn.
Ready for your next outdoor adventure? These materials contain everything you need for a fun and educational outdoor experience. Each simple activity will help you develop your observational skills, creativity, and a connection to your local ecosystems. Enjoy!
Activities for all learners:
Learn about the animals that share the outdoors with you.
- Alaska Animal Olympics
Test your speed and endurance against the abilities of Alaska animals.
- Animal Evidence Extravaganza
Find and identify the clues that animals leave behind when they move around in their habitat.
- The Beaver and the Fox Play
Design costumes and put on your own performance of this educational beaver and fox adaptations play.
- Be a Pollinator Impersonator
Pretend you are a pollinator in this fun, active game.
- Create a Critter
Invent your own imaginary creature with unique characteristics in this fun craft activity.
- Insect Safari
Grab your safari hat and head outside to discover what the insects in your neighborhood are doing.
- Salmon Life Cycle Game
Get ready to dart, wiggle, and leap as you transform into a salmon, travel from freshwater to the ocean, and return back home on this journey of a lifetime.
- Spider Patrol
Take a closer look at spiders and how they catch their prey.
Hone your bird observation skills with these engaging activities.
Color Your Own Alaska Bird Guide
Print and color this field guide of Alaska birds and bring it with you on your next adventure.
Eye Spy Bird Behavior
Familiarize yourself with various types of bird behavior through the game of eye spy.
The Five S's of Birding
Learn some simple tricks to identify different bird species.
Tuning into Birds
Often it is easier to hear a bird than it is to see it. Learn to recognize birds by the sounds you hear.
Get to know all the different parts of the forest, from the canopy to the forest floor.
Interview a Tree
Ask a tree seven questions to increase your understanding of the role it plays in the forest.
Investigate a Fallen Log
Even after they fall, trees are home to many living things. Sometimes you just need to take a closer look.
Meet a Tree
Find a partner and use a variety of senses to learn more about the trees around you.
Shelters can protect you from the elements or provide a good hiding spot indoors. In this activity, build your own shelter.
Take a Closer Look
Take time to notice new things. Use these activities to guide your discoveries.
Head outside to find as many berries as you can in this berry scavenger hunt.
Look past brown, green, and white to discover the rainbow of colors that exist in nature.
Create Your Own Field Guide
Observe, draw, and identify the plants and animals you find outside. Record your findings to create your very own field guide.
Observe the natural world around you to discover how different communities of living and non-living things interact with each other.
Exploring Snow and Ice Crystals
Snow and ice crystals come in many different forms. Use these statements as you study the crystals: "I notice.... I wonder.... It reminds me of.... "
Can you get a nature bingo? Use your senses to explore nature in your own backyard using this bingo sheet as your guide.
Map Your Yard
Map out a familiar spot and discover things you had not noticed before.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Find nature’s hidden treasures in your yard, a park, or a trail.
Create a seed bracelet to document the variety of seeds near you.
Square Foot Safari
Focus your attention on a very small area and turn up all sorts of interesting surprises.
Track the Sun
Chart the sunrise and sunset where you live to get a better sense of how the Earth travels around the sun and to discover how much your day length changes over time.
Explore the variety of textures in your environment.
The Great Sock Experiment
Learn how effective different sock materials are at keeping your feet warm through this scientific experiment.
Inspire your creative side using nature as your muse.
Draw like a Naturalist - Wildflowers
Hone your drawing skills by learning to notice the subtle details of wildflowers.
Draw with Detail
Notice the small things that make three similar objects unique.
Make something beautiful using ice as your medium.
Create art without any art supplies, use natural materials instead.
Postcard from Your Yard
Get ready. You are heading out on a big trip…to your own backyard! Write a postcard to share your experience with a friend.
Slow Down in Nature
Take a deep breath, slow down, and enjoy the world around you.
Create a Sit Spot
Visit the same spot each day to observe your natural surroundings and the changes that take place over time.
Practice the art of awareness through these simple activities.
Draw and write observations about the outdoors using the prompts in this nature journal.
Use just your ears to explore the outdoors.