At Home With Nature

At Home With Nature

While many students are learning through hybrid or at-home school models at this time, we want to provide opportunities to educate and connect!

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Watch the videos below, and then have fun doing an activity that reinforces the lesson in the video.

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“What is a Watershed?” Featuring the EnviroScape: What we do on land impacts the quality of the water we drink. Watch this hands-on demonstration of how pollutants get into our drinking water, and then create your own watershed at home.
Video: Click HERE.
Activity: Click HERE.

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Storytime With Heritage Conservancy: Gather round, it’s storytime! Follow a current of water as it starts out in one of the the teeniest sources (a brook) and flows to the largest body of water (the ocean). There is a lot to learn along the way! This story is a great add-on to the EnviroScape demonstration video above. Happy reading!
Video: Click HERE.

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Destress With This Mindfulness Moment: This #AtHomeWithNature is perfect for kids and adults alike! Take 5 minutes to destress and find inner calm as Shannon guides us all through a mindfulness moment with the peaceful attributes of nature.
Video: Click HERE.

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Rain, Rain…A Hands-on Precipitation Demonstration: Learn where precipitation comes from! Watch this demonstration with Shannon as she makes a cloud and then makes it rain.
Activity: Click HERE.
Video:
Click HERE.

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Signs of Spring: Get outside and look for the signs of spring…flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the spring sun is calling your name!☀️ We always appreciate nature, but it is especially important for all of us to connect with it now. Nature can provide a sense of peace and help alleviate stress and anxiety. We hope that getting outside to look for little signs of spring helps you to stay grounded!
Video: Click HERE.

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Whose Tracks Are Those?: Get ready, kids, we’re going on a bear hunt! Follow along with Shannon as she discovers and identifies animal tracks, all while on the search for the golden fleece: a BEAR! Will she find one?
Video: Click HERE.

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Backyard Bingo: We have a great learning activity for the kids to do outside, and Backyard Bingo is its name-o!
Video: Shannon explains how to set up the bingo board using sidewalk chalk. Click HERE to watch.
Activity: And you can pair it with the sheet provided HERE.

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Bird Eggs and Nests: Birds of a feather may flock together, but not all of them actually do! Learn about different types of birds, their nesting habits and whether they fly solo or nest together, and the variations in their egg size and colors in this video.
Video: Click HERE.
Activity: Click HERE.

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Macroinvertebrate Mayhem: Learn about aquatic macroinvertebrates (water bugs) and how their presence is an indicator as to the health of an environment. Then, roll the dice on this activity that reinforces what you learned.
Video: Click HERE.
Activity: Click HERE.

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Skunk Cabbage: We made a video about skunk cabbage, and it stinks! The skunk cabbage, that is. Watch this video to learn all about the unique properties of skunk cabbage, including its strong odor, and see why it is important to wetland ecosystems. Skunk cabbage can be found at Heritage Conservancy’s Hart’s Woods Preserve in Doylestown, and kids love to visit the cabbage patch on site. After you watch the video, take the Rhyming Quiz (Activity) to test how much you’ve learned!
Video: Click HERE.
Activity: Click HERE.

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“The Secret Pool” Storytime: This is a story about vernal pools and the amphibians that go searching for them in springtime. This book comes to you from the “Our Watershed Is an Open Book” Program by our Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River partners at Fairmount Water Works. Have the kids watch along and learn, and then follow it up with the activity below.
Video: Click HERE.
Activity: Click HERE.

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Architecture Dice Game: Heritage Conservancy’s dual mission includes historic preservation and protecting the structures that make up the very essence of our community. Watch this video to learn about architectural styles, and then test your drawing skills with an architectural art dice activity.
Video: Click HERE.
Activity: Click HERE.

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Mindfulness Moment with Water: Take 5 minutes to destress and find inner calm as Shannon guides us all through a mindfulness moment using the peaceful attributes of water. Pair it with the drawing activity for an added feeling of tranquility from nature.
Video: Click HERE.
Activity: Click HERE.

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Amphibians–Amazing Transformers: This video topic focuses on salamanders and frogs…we think you’re toad-ally going to like it, and we’re not am-FIB-ian! Heritage Conservancy supports these species by protecting their habitats and by supporting safe passage of salamanders across busy roads each year through our Quakertown Swamp Amphibian Rescue Partnership. Watch the video to learn what makes amphibians so important to ecosystems, and then partake in the game and activities below to have fun with what you’ve learned!
Video: Click HERE.
Game:
Click HERE.
Life Cycle Wheel: Click HERE.
Puzzle: Click HERE.

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Waiting for Wings Storytime and Pollinator Lesson: Pollinators such as bees and butterflies are important to all of us! They are responsible for nearly 40% of the world’s agricultural production, including chocolate. Many pollinators are at risk because of habitat loss and pesticide use, but we can still help them! Learn more about pollinators by reading the worksheet below, and then watch the video to hear Waiting for Wings, a story about the life cycle of a butterfly.
Learn About Pollinators Worksheet: Click HERE.
Waiting for Wings Storytime Video: Click HERE.

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Animated Flip Book With Pollinators: Kids will “flip” for this animated flip book! Making a flip book is a fun activity that will allow students to tell a short pollinator story while honing their drawing skills. Watch this video of a flip book in action, and then follow the worksheet instructions to create an animated story.
Video: HERE.
Activity Worksheet:
HERE.

——————————————————————————————————————–Trees–Wonder in the Woods: Trees provide essential benefits to all of us. They help to filter the water we drink and the air we breathe, and they provide habitat cover for wildlife. You could even say that trees are quite magical, especially when it comes to how they make food! Explore Heritage Conservancy’s Hart’s Woods Preserve in this video while you discover the wonders of the woods.
Video: HERE.
Activity:
HERE.