At Home Activities/ Resources - Bringing Nature to You!
Below are some activities and resources that you and your family can utilize to stay connected to nature while social distancing!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Recycled Seed Starters
Click here to learn how to up-cycle your recycling into gardening supplies by turning used containers into seed starter pots!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Maple Taffy in the Snow
Click here to learn how to make this sweet & classic treat!
Be sure to use care when boiling the syrup.
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Wetland Water Filter Model
Click here for a fun and easy experiment that illustrates how wetlands act as a filter to clean our water!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Weltand Wonders
Click here for an infographic on the importance of wetlands - and fun metaphors to help illustrate all the things they do to support the world around us!
World Wetland Day.org
Learn about the importance of wetlands & World Wetland Day!
Marsh Monitoring Program with Birds Canada
Learn about how the Marsh Monitoring Program is working to protect wetlands across Canada with the help of volunteers.
Interactive Bird Songs
Click on the bird to learn it's name and hear its song on this interactive webpage from Minnesota Conservation. Many of these species can be found in Ontario.
Celebrate Wetlands with Birds Canada
Here are 8 suggestions to celebrate, learn about, and enjoy wetlands from Birds Canada.
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Learn about Animal Tracks
Click here for a quick reference guide on animal tracks left behind by some of the common Ontario Wildlife you might find in your yard!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Icy Sun Catchers!
Click here to learn how to make a beautiful, eco-friendly, winter sun catcher to brighten up your winter days!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Birding Bingo!
Click here for a game of bingo - birding style! Check squares for birds you spot and finding the signs they leave behind.
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Bird Feeder Garland
Make some easy, eco-friendly garland to decorate your backyard for the holidays and help feed the birds this winter!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Pine Cone Suet Feeder
Click here to make an easy, eco-friendly suet feeder for your yard!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Pumpkin Planter
Looking to do something different than a jack-o-lantern this year? Click here to learn how to turn a pumpkin into a seed growing science experiment!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Spooky Spider Webs
Click here to learn how to make a spooky woven spider web, and pinecone spider! A fun way to celebrate Halloween and learn about spiders.
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - DIY Turtle Nest Protection Cage
Click here for instuctions to build a DIY turtle nest protection cage. It's a great family project and will protect the vulnerable eggs from predators. Once you've seen a turtle lay their eggs (typically in a sandy or gravel area), place the nest protector over top and leave for 48 hours until the scent of the eggs is disipated. Then remove and reuse on another nest. Come fall, keep watch for emerging baby turtles!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Nature Journaling
Click here for tips and prompts for nature journals. The possibilities for nature journals are endless - you can keep track of what interests you most, illustrate, and add in unique findings about plants, wildlife, weather, or whatever you see!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Know Your Migratory Birds!
How well do you know your migratory birds? Match the bird silhouette with the species name, and then the fact! Can you get 100%?
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Ontario Turtle ID
Click for an ID sheet on the 8 species of turtles found in Ontario to learn about our shelled friends!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Make a Bird Mask
Who is your favorite bird? A craft Pileated Woodpecker? A mysterious owl? A bright red cardinal? Click here to learn how to make a mask of your favorite feathered friends.
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Explore Your Yard!
Click here for a list of games and activities you can do in your own backyard to stay connected to nature!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Bannock in the Backyard
Click here for Wye Marsh's recpie for sweet bannock and cedar tea - enjoy it over a campfire in your backyard, or baked in the oven.
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Backyard Birding Bingo!
Click here for a local birding bingo challenge. How many of these birds can you spot? Can you get a full card?
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - BEE a Good Neighbour: How to Build a Bee Hotel
Click here for instructions to build a bee hotel. There are many ways you can help pollinators this spring - and one of them is by building a bee hotel for shelter!
Click here for an article outling more info on Bee Hotels, including placement and maintenance.
Ontario Wildlife Trivia with Wye Marsh
How well do you know your Ontario Wildlife? Take our trivia, then challenge your friends!
Ontario Wetland Trivia with Wye Marsh
How well do you know your Ontario Wetlands? Take our trivia, then challenge your friends!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Earth Day BioBlitz
Click here for BioBlitz species list. A BioBlitz is a survey of the plants and animals in a set area. The goal is to find as many species as possible and record them to help monitor the populations and habitats from period to period, tracking health and any changes. Set your area (your backyard, your street, your local park), and see how many species you can find!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Build a Biosphere for Earth Day!
Click here for instructions to build your own self regulating Biosphere. A biosphere is defined as the area of the planet where organisms live, including the ground and the air. The Earth is one big Biosphere!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Hand Print Trumpeter Swans
Click here for a fun and simple craft - turn your handprints into the wings of a Trumpeter Swan!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - How to Press Flowers!
Click here for instructions on how to press flowers - either between the pages of a book or in your microwave! Use the pressed flowers to make cards, bookmarks, or as part of a collage!
Wye Marsh At Home Activities - Get Growing: Be a friend to Monarch Butterflies by sprouting Milkweed!
Click here for growing instructions. Did you know that Monarch Butterflies exclusively eat and lay their eggs on Milkweed plants? Milkweed is important to helping grow the Monarch population - plus it's beautiful in your garden!
Gwen Petreman's Pollinator Booklet :
Click here for Gwen Petreman's Pollinator Booklet to learn about all things pollination. This inlcudes kid-friendly activtities and info.Gwen Petreman is a member of the Barrie Field Naturalists, a sister organization to the Midland-Penetang Field Naturalists.
Nature Canada - Children's Resources:
Connect with nearby nature through the various resources listed here! From a scavenger hunt to tips on how to help nature in you area, our resources offer ways to get outside and connected with nature.
Toronto Zoo - Live with the Keepers:
Tornto Zoo is doing daily Facebook Live streams hosted by their keepers to learn about some of the behind the scenes happenings at the zoo, and teach us all about the different species that live there. From how to train a hippo to go on the scale, to learning about penguins swimming, and more!
Calgary Zoo's Daily Dose:
Calgary Zoo is taking you behind the scenes with our animals, humans and conservation programs every day during our temporary closure to keep spirits high, and minds engaged. They have videos as well as downloadable activitiy pages!
Science North - Jenn Learns Stuff!
A weekly series on Science North's Facebook where Jenn learns new things throughout the facility. Learn along side her in this funny and informative series!
Canadian Museum of Nature: Things to do at Home
Visit Canadian Museum of Nature's website and social media for activities you can do at home and in your neighbourhood. Especially keep your eyes peeled for their dinosaur!
Telus Spark - Science from Home:
Visit Spark Science for DIY experiments and citizen science, innovative online challenges, important science education content, andcurated content from STEAM community leaders. Spark will also connect you virtually to remarkable creators, scientists, artists, educators and builders to bring the world to you!
Ontario Parks - Nature Journaling Tips:
Some tips and insights into Nature Journalling from Senior Park Clerk at Murphys Point Provincial Park.
Georgian Bay Land Trust - Salamander Workbook:
Colouring, facts, word searches and more all for the budding naturalist with a special interest in salamanders!
Bird Studies Canada: How to Sketch Birds
For the budding artist and naturalist with an interest in our feathered friends, learn how to sketch the birds you see!
Georgian Bay Land Trust & Nature Canada - Species ID Quizzes:
Now is a great time to brush up on your species ID skills, and there are plenty of online resources to help you. Visit the Ontario Nature website to learn all about Ontario's different reptile and amphibian species. When you feel ready, test your knowledge with the quizzes below!
Turtle ID: Level 1
Turtle ID: Level 2
Frog and Toad ID: Level 1
Frog and Toag ID: Level 2
Salamander ID: Level 1
Salamander ID: Level 2
Snake ID: Level 1
Snake ID: Level 2
Nature Journaling Tips from the City of Calgary:
Nature journaling helps families discover, and rediscover, their natural world. It's also a great way to get outdoors, reduce stress and boost energy levels. Learn some tips and tricks here.
Nature Canada - Backyard Bird Safari:
Check off the birds you see flying around your NatureHood!
Nature Canada - Monarch Guide:
A guide that provides you background information on the monarch butterfly, suggestions and tips on native butterfly gardening, and descriptions of specific plant species that are necessary for the monarch’s survival.
Nature Canada - Scavenger Hunt:
Bring this on your next nature walk and see how many you can check off!
The Guardian - Bugs, Bark Rubbing and Bird Nests: Turn your Daily Walk into a Nature Home School
Whether making a wildflower bracelet or searching for badger footprints, here are some simple, enjoyable ways to start teaching your kids about nature.
Planet Proector Academy - Online Classes for ages 6-11
Check out Planet Proctor Academy for some online programming featuring daily live webcasts and fun game-based activities
Nature Canada - Junior Birder Journal & Activity Book
Click here for activties, facts, and more all forthe budding birder in your family. From learning the parts of birds, ID tips, conservation pointers and all about habitats and migration this book is full of great info!