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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of a global environmental movement
with this lesson. Complete an Earth Day poster challenge, learn
new ways to help the earth from the Lorax, watch an eye-opening
video about plastics on our planet, and clean up your local
Take a deep dive into nature journaling, one of the most useful
practices a budding scientist or naturalist can incorporate into
their everyday lives. Explore journaling techniques and
exercises in this interactive lesson. Content and
inspiration provided by naturalist and nature journal
extraordinaire, John Muir Laws, and the book “Opening the World
Through Nature Journaling”.
Explore the fascinating world of Pollinators! Learn about the
symbiotic relationship between pollinators and plants, and
discover why pollinators are vital for all living things and
healthy ecosystems. Complete a pollinator word search, build your
own Hummingbird feeder and observe pollinators in action right in
your own backyard!
Bring the outdoors in with this step-by-step guide for creating
your very own ecosphere in a jar. An ecosphere is a
self-sustaining, closed ecological system that produces food and
oxygen for its inhabitants while recycling waste and
CO2. Keep this tiny aquatic world in your home and watch it
A “Sit Spot” is a favorite place in nature you can
visit regularly to engage in present moment awareness and closely
observe the natural world. This lesson is a guide for starting a
Sit Spot practice in your backyard or nearby nature. Learn
techniques for engaging your senses and get to know your space
better through an interactive journaling exercise. Watch your
kids fall in love with their sit spot and its inhabitants.
Although eggs are hard to come by in the stores this year, that
doesn’t have to bring down your Easter plans. Instead of
dying eggs this year, try this fun activity with your kids. All
you need is 2 ingredients and some plastic eggs. Kids and birds
both will love this!
Discover the wonderful world of nature’s very own “soil
scientists” – Earthworms! Learn about why these wiggly
critters are critical to our natural world, dig up and study a
worm from your yard, and build your own worm bin!
This lesson explores where our drinking water comes from, ways to
help our wastewater cycle thrive, the purpose of storm drains,
and solutions to water pollution. In addition to a water quality
lesson created by Splash, links to resources provided by Regional
Sanitation, Sacramento Area Sewer District and Sacramento
Stormwater Quality Partnership are also included.
This lesson is brought to you by our dear friends at Sierra
Nevada Journeys. Discover how much weight a foil boat can hold
before taking on water. This and many other STEM lessons and
activities are available at Sierra Nevada Journeys’ “At Home with
This lesson explores a variety of frogs that live in North
America and the many sounds they make. Watch a video about their
unique calls, learn the differences between species on CA
Herpetological Society’s website, and meet Splash’s very own “Mr.
Take an 8-minute tour of the Mather Field vernal pools! The area
featured in this video is prohibited to the public, so this is
your chance to explore it virtually. It was filmed in late March
during the pools’ transition into the flowering phase.
This lesson contains content provided by Calaveras Big Trees
State Park and Mystery Science. Watch a video about the
tallest, widest and most massive trees all over the world, learn
about Sequoia trees and find the biggest tree in your
neighborhood. PDFs containing information about the trees that
live in Big Trees State Park and Next Generation
Science Standards support are included.
This lesson will take you on a tour of all the different parts
that make up a flower, and their individual functions. It will
answer the questions “Why do plants have
flowers?”, “Why do plants rely on pollinators and how do
they attract them?”, and “How do plants reproduce?” A
worksheet with a flower diagram and vocabulary is included.