11 Fun Ideas for Exploring Nature with Kids
Written by Jennifer Johnson
Become a Citizen Scientist
Join a citizen scientist project such as Project Feeder Watch, Celebrate Urban Birds, or Project Bud Burst, where kids can look for data in nature, fill out easy forms online or on paper, and help real scientists with real research projects.
You can make these projects as easy or as involved as you wish. Each of these sites has abundant background educational material to help you on your journey. In the projects that we’ve done, I appreciated having specific things to look for, and the kids got a good taste of the scientific method and how scientists conduct research. They also enjoyed entering their data online and viewing what other people found around the country.