Nature and animal-based projects for families, children, and adults to do at home!

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Activities

Wildlife Camera Trap Activity –  Learn how the Snow Leopard Trust deploys remote sensor cameras to learn more about snow leopards in the wild and then build your own camera trap!

Create Your Own Habitat Story – Write a fun story by following these prompts.

Nature Journaling (continued) – connect with nature through notes, drawings, and more. We have new prompts to keep your journal going.

Help Wildlife with Milk Jugs – Help wildlife and create habitat with empty milk jugs! Follow these steps to create one or more of the 3 projects we have with empty milk jugs and make a difference in your own backyard!

Intergenerational Connection Project – Looking for a way to connect with friends and family? Feeling inspired to spend more time outside? Let’s share our love of nature with each other through this intergenerational project! 

Help us identify species that have been caught on our camera traps throughout Rochester as a part of the Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN). Appropriate for all ages.

  1. Create an iNaturalist.org account (on desktop or the mobile app)
  2. Visit our Project Page
  3. Scroll down to ‘Recent Observations’ and start identifying!

Zoo Yoga – check out our animal-themed poses here!

Nature Journaling – connect with nature through notes, drawings, and more. View our guidelines and prompts to get started.

Scavenger Hunts – There’s so much to see and touch in nature, right near home! 

Becoming Sustainable – Hang your clothes to dry – you can save a great deal of energy by creating your own indoor clothesline!

Crafts

Otter Bookmark Craft – Create your very own Otter bookmark to help you keep your place when reading!

Upcycling Paper Bag Baskets – Turn your brown paper bags into convenient little baskets!

Thumbprint Bug Garden – Gardens can be great habitats for bugs, follow these steps to draw a fun and colorful one of your own!

Upcycling Planters – Follow the steps to upcycle plastic containers by turning them into bright and cheery planters!

Bat TP Tube – After having our wonderful guest reader present Stellaluna instructionswe figured we should make our own bats! Follow these easy to do so and learn a little more about bats int he process.

Nature Art – Here are some ideas for making art out of natural materials that can be done outside or inside. Nature play can take a variety of forms from structured learning activities to true unstructured nature play, and when it comes to art almost anything goes!

Caterpillar Egg Carton Project – Many caterpillars have the ability to camouflage themselves into their surroundings. For this project it’s up to you if you want your caterpillar to blend in or choose colors to really make it stand out! Get started on creating your very own caterpillar companion here.

If I Were an Animal… – Draw a picture of yourself with different animal adaptations to discover what you would look like if you were one of these animals.

Paper Duck Headband – Learn about ducks and create a duck headband with us! It’s easy – click here and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Zoo-themed Bookmarks

  • We’ve created printable bookmarks for you to use at home while studying or reading. Color them in and identify the animal footprints!

Food Chain Paper Chain – Learn how living things depend on each other for food through a paper chain project.

Closet Clean-out! – Help combat climate change by cleaning out your closet and turning an old sweatshirt into a pet bed!

Nature Play – Bring nature indoors with these fun, crafty ideas!

Build a Bug House – Spend creative time outside and build a bug house!

Educational Materials

River Otter Adaptation Experiments Pt. 2 – for grades K-2 and 3-5 meets NYS Learning Standards
River Otter Adaptation Experiments Pt. 1 – for grades K-2 and 3-5 meets NYS Learning Standards
Blubber Experimentfor grades K-2 and 3-5 meets NYS Science Learning Standards
Sea Ice Experiment for grades K-2 and 3-5 meets NYS Science Learning Standards

Megaherbivore Math for grades K-2 & meets NYS learning standards

Zoo Habitat Design Project – for grades 3-5 & meets NYS learning standards

Zoo Habitat Design Project – for grades K-2 & meets NYS learning standards

Biomimicry Project – for middle and high school students & meets NYS learning standards

Backyard Bingo – great for families!

Bird Bingo  |  Mammal Bingo  |  Plant and Tree Bingo

Reading Suggestions

Videos of Programs

Virtual Book ReadingDeep in the Swamp by Donna M. Batemanwith Interim Zoo Director at Seneca Park Zoo David Hamilton

Virtual Book ReadingI Love Bugs with Guest Reader Mrs. Eva Miller (RISE Community School No. 106)

Virtual Book Reading – Stellaluna with Guest Reader Ms. Holly Mullin (Librarian Teacher at Avon Elementary)

Virtual Book Read-along – appropriate for toddlers

Virtual Book & Beast – appropriate for toddlers

Virtual Animal Program  – Going, Going, Saved!: appropriate for all ages

Virtual Animal Program  – Going, Going, Saved! Pt. 4: appropriate for all ages

Virtual Animal Program  – Animal Movements: appropriate for Pre-K

Learn how to start an herb garden at home – Fun for all ages

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