This 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. 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 a few missions:
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!