This project is something T and I are taking part in and you can too! We are always looking for things that make us look closer and this is a great way to embrace that. It’s pretty simple. You download the free iNaturalist app. You snap photos of animals, plants, or fungi and you upload and attempt to identify them.
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Your contributions assist biodiversity Science. If you are not sure what something is, you can connect with experts who can identify it. This is an enormous project and the opportunities to learn about habitats and life all over the world are grand.
Learn more about iNaturalist:
For additional inspiration, National Geographic has several resources!
This is great for a once-a-week project we can watch grow over the year. With as little as fifteen minutes we can get outside, contribute and learn something. Last year we discovered a saddleback caterpillar, an Assasin bug, and a few critters we never could identify.
We were horrified to find our first Wolf spiders and amazed at tiny hummingbirds hovering just outside our window. We even watched a chickadee eat a hornet. These observations should be shared. This program will definitely help with that! These active types of projects are great for T, especially when he is struggling to stay still. We do a lot of learning in motion and this is going to make it a little easier!
Why not sign your family up too and have another reason to get outside and explore?
Nature Journaling together is a great way to learn all about the importance of spending time outdoors while observing the life that exists all around us. As we experience the natural world, we are reminded of the need to protect it and inspired to think of the ways we can help. This kind of journaling is also a wonderful way to work on your child’s art skills, observation skills, and writing. Furthermore, time in nature is good for mental health. There are just so many reasons to start nature journaling with your family.
More Nature Resources for You and Your Family
- Famous Nature Poems To Share With Your Kids
- My Nature Journal
- Printable Travel Journal
- Nature Poetry Unit Study
- DIY Nature-Themed Paper Crown Craft
- Nature-Themed Counting Worksheets
- Nature Scavenger Hunt
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