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Creating Frog Pipes How to Attract Wildlife to Your Backyard with Coverboards It All Begins with a Seed Beneath our Feet Learn All About Seeds At Home With Nature Nature Color Hunt Pullen Park Virtual Scavenger Hunt Raleigh Parks Scavenger Hunt Squirrel Hunt Park Locator Watch It Grow How to Help Turtles Cross the Road Bird Beak Buffett Other Helpful Resources

Time for an adventure! Put on your explorer cap and dig into these nature-inspired activities.

Creating Frog Pipes

Creating Frog Pipes

Learn how to make a habitat for frogs to enjoy with a simple PVC pipe!

How to Attract Wildlife to Your Backyard with Coverboards

How to Attract Wildlife to Your Backyard with Coverboards

Learn how to make a coverboard which will help attract wildlife to your backyard!

It All Begins with a Seed

At Home with Nature: It All Begins with a Seed!

Elementary students will enjoy this video while learning about seeds and plants and then they can take the learning outdoors as seed sleuths and "junior botanists" observing the wonders in a garden.

Beneath our Feet

At Home With Nature - Beneath our Feet

Elementary students and their families can enjoy this video and discover the wonders that lie just beneath our feet. Learn how to be a soil scientist and analyze the soil in your own backyard and also discover the power of worms!

Learn All About Seeds

Learn All About Seeds

Learn about the many types of seeds and try to grow your own with a fun activity for kids!

At Home With Nature

These activities have been developed to encourage the innate curiosity and wonder of children so they may feel right at home with nature!

Nature Color Hunt

What colors can you find in nature? Use our Nature Color Hunt to go on a fun scavenger hunt on your next walk or hike.

Pullen Park Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt at Pullen Park while staying at home! Follow this link go.ncsu.edu/pullenparkanimals to visit Pullen Park virtually and explore the animals across the park. What will you find? The ultimate goal is to find the bunny! 

Raleigh Parks Scavenger Hunt

What will you see on your walk in the park? Use our Scavenger Hunt here or create your own!

Squirrel Hunt

Spy the squirrel! Place the Raleigh Parks squirrel in your window. Share this game with neighbors to play! Take a walk around the neighborhood and see how many squirrels you can find. 

Park Locator

Launch the Park Locator mapping tool to find the closest park to your home and get directions to a park.

Watch It Grow

Seeds can lie waiting for hundreds of years before sprouting. It was shown that seeds from Egyptian tombs germinated after thousands of years!   Seeds require certain conditions in order to grow.  

Materials you will need:

  • Dried beans from your pantry
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Paper towel, cut into a 4-inch square

Place two seeds on top of the small piece of paper towel that has been moistened with water.  Fold the towel once to cover the seeds. Place the folded towel inside the plastic bag.  Seal the bag.  Tape the bag to the inside of a sunny window.  Watch your seeds sprout and grow! See our video below for how to:

Watch It Grow

Seeds can lie waiting for hundreds of years before sprouting. It was shown that seeds from Egyptian tombs germinated after thousands of years! 

How to Help Turtles Cross the Road

How to Help Turtles Cross the Road

Learn what to do if you see a turtle crossing the road!

Bird Beak Buffett

It’s hard to believe that a 300-pound ostrich galloping across the African grasslands has anything in common with a wasp-sized hummingbird hovering on a flower. But all birds share many characteristics! All birds grow feathers. All birds have wings. All birds are warm-blooded.  All birds have beaks, but, not all bird beaks are the same!

Materials you will need:

  • Unwound paper clips
  • Clip-style clothespins
  • A plate of raisins and seeds

See our video how to below:

Bird Beak Buffett

It’s hard to believe that a 300-pound ostrich galloping across the African grasslands has anything in common with a wasp-sized hummingbird hovering on a flower. But all birds share many characteristics! All birds grow feathers. All birds have wings. All birds are warm-blooded.  All birds have beaks, but, not all bird beaks are the same!

Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
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