Kids don’t have to be observing whales in the wild, asking questions about cells in the classroom, or taking notes about volcanoes on an island to be doing science! In this toolkit, participants will explore ways to practice their science skills in their backyards, homes, schools, libraries, or streets, and become better stewards of nature.
The following activities focus on nature stewardship skills for observation, listening, documenting, and sharing information, and nurture values like respect and empathy for nature. Enjoy them all, or pick a combination that works for you and your community. Feel free to modify the activities, choose only an activity or two from each section, or progress out of order from the “Basic Stewardship Skills” section to the “Getting Outdoors” and “Sharing and Communicating”.
Activities: Basic Stewardship Skills
Activities: Getting Outdoors
Activities: Sharing & Communicating
Guidelines for Engaging with Nature
Exploring nature is an exciting opportunity for a young learner (and for adults!) to see new parts of the world they often overlook, but especially when observing how human development has encroached on many natural spaces, it can sometimes be a challenging topic to address in detail. In addition to the above activities, we've prepared several guides to help facilitators prepare for engaging with nature and addressing challenging topics:
- Staying Safe & Respectful in Nature
- Tackling Competitiveness & Perfectionism
- Addressing Challenging Topics
- Skills for Nature Stewardship and Sharing Oral Stories
- Powerpoint (.pptx) for All Art Pieces