Category: Jr. Naturalists at home

Activity ideas and resources for teachers and families at home with young naturalists.

Making a sound map is a good activity for all ages and a fun way to practice listening skills and learn about using symbols.

Mapping is a great way to develop math and spatial relationship skills. This activity naturally lends itself to integrating art and language skills as well. There are many directions you could take it, so go outside and have fun with it!

A hands-on, memorable way to help students understand place value using objects in nature. Being in an outdoor setting can help with learning as kids use all their senses to play and explore.

Contribute meaningful data to interesting studies!

Great for ALL ages (with some help for young ones).

There are many local, national, and international programs where you can collect data, submit it and learn from the collected information. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites.

Measure interactions between forest insects and plants! Recommended for grades 4 through 8.

This is a fun way to study any forest – even just the trees near your home – and learn something about the impact of insects on the forest.


This fun game is a favorite with school groups and summer camps. Practice math skills, get some fresh air and exercise, all at the same time!

Welcome to our first installment for Jr. Naturalists at home!

Just for you, 20 fun things to do outside. Some are more challenging than others.

I’ll be thinking about you as you explore, whether you’re in your yard, out in the woods, or on a trail, and I hope you’ll stay in touch and let me know what you’re up to!