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Nature Activities for Kids

You can find the world of nature in your backyard, on a city street, or in a mountain wilderness. But what kind of nature activities promote a child's love and understanding of the world of nature?

Good nature activities help children develop personal relationships with nature. Feeding birds, finding a place in nature that is special to them, or learning to recognize the tracks of the raccoon family that crosses the yard every night - these are the kinds of activities that forge a lifelong bond with the natural world.

Big Learning with Nature Activities

Robust experience with nature is the best possible foundation for formal study of natural sciences. Even young children can observe changes in nature and look for signs of the presence of wildlife. Older children can learn to identify and classify wildlife and observe animal habits. Children's curiosity about wildlife can drive them to improve their research skills and comfort with many kinds of reference sources. Detail nature study gives kids a chance to use their math skills.

Parents Can Help

Parents can help by encouraging outdoor exploration and by connecting kids with resources that help them understand more about what they see. Try these links to make your family explorations more fun and exciting.


Nature Activities Articles on BigLearning.org

Big Learning on a Snow Day

Book Review: Extreme Nature

Beyond the Bug Jar

Acorns and Pinecones

Camping Activities

Book Review: Last Child in the Woods

Poison Plants

Toy Review: Bug Vaccuum

Bird Houses

Peregrine Falcons

Project Feederwatch

African Animals webcam

Lunar Eclipses


Find a New Hiking Trail

Book Review: The Kids' Guide to Nature Activities

Cicadas Part 1

Cicadas: Part 2

Sedna astronomy

The Birdhouse Network

On the Road: Florida Everglades

Snow Activities

Weather Folk Wisdom

Preserving Leaves

Identifying Tracks and Trees


More Nature Activities Resources

Identifying and Classifying     Attracting Wildlife     Activity Ideas


Identifying and classifying wildlife

Animal tracks: http://www.bear-tracker.com.

Poison Ivy: http://www.poison-ivy.org

Trees: http://www.oplin.lib.oh.us/products/tree

Wildflowers: http://www.easttennesseewildflowers.com/

Amphibians: http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/aw/index.html

Plant families: http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Patterns_in_Plants.htm

Animal Skulls: http://www.d91.k12.id.us/www/skyline/teachers/robertsd/skulls.htm


Attracting Wildlife

National Wildlife Federation: http://www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabitat/attractspecificwildlife.cfm

Bats and how to attract them: http://www.batcon.org.

Bird feeding: http://www.biglearning.org/treasurebirds.htm

Butterflies: http://www.thebutterflysite.com/


Activity Ideas

National Zoo's activity ideas: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/BackyardBiology.

Naturalist Jim Conrad's guide to neighborhood nature: http://www.backyardnature.net.

National Wildlife Federation Kidzone: http://www.nwf.org/kids/





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