Exploration & Projects

Projects promote scientific exploration, inquiry, and a deeper understanding of our natural world.  The activities can be on-going or one-time events that can be repeated. These projects are ideally suited for the outdoors but often mention an indoor modification.

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Spider Web
Ages 5+

Spider Web Hunts

Search for sneaky spider webs. Using a spray bottle with water, spray gently and watch the web design come alive.


Ages 5+     ~15min+

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Sheet Shake
Ages 5+

Sheet Shake

Use a sheet to explore just how much life can live in a backyard bush or shrub.


Ages 5+     15min+

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Ages 5+

Seed Spheres

Make spheres out of mud and native flower seeds. Dry them in the sun, and then toss them out to fill an area with native flowers.


Ages 5+     ~30min+

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Rainbow Chips
Ages 2+

Rainbow Chips

Explore your yard or nearby outdoor space for all the colors of the rainbow. Use paint samples or other color chips as a guide.


Ages 2+     15min

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Ages 5+

Pollinator Observations

Use a tally sheet to observe pollinators visiting a flower. If you want to be a “citizen scientist” upload your data to the Great Sunflower Project.


Ages 2+     ~15min

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Journaling
Ages 5+

Nature Journaling

Create garden journals and use them to record observations of nature in the garden, through drawing, writing, and painting.


Ages 5+     30min+

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