Nature is all around us. Whether you’re lacing up your sneakers, or relaxing indoors with your tablet, Nature 360 has great resources to help kids and families make amazing discoveries. Tap in to the museum’s collections, expertise, and more with exciting new ways to connect and explore your world!
Nature Lab is in the field for the summer, but we’ll be back in action in September!
You can still see us at the museum on Super Science Saturdays. Come find us in the museum at Jurassic Day (June 22), Scientist Takeover (July 27), and Pet-palooza (August 17) for a new challenge to complete.
The exploration doesn’t have to end just because we’re not in the lab! Keep an eye on the Nature Know-How Blog for new fun facts and hands-on projects kids can complete on their own or with a grown-up! In fact, check out these three ideas for ways to explore the natural world this summer:
- Craft your own nature notebook!
- Convene a team to explore the natural world together. Come up with a fun name and a nature-themed mascot. See if you can “make” your team mascot out of materials you find outside.
- Keep an eye out during summer storms and locate a spot in your neighborhood that always floods. Record what you notice in your nature notebook.
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Nature Know-How Blogs
If you’re curious about skyscrapers, inspired by the stars, or motivated to join environmental efforts in your community – Nature 360 connects you to new ideas that will take your interests to the next level. Check out free articles to learn about surprising science, exciting community projects, and ways that you can have a positive impact on your world. Browse hands-on projects that will flex your creative muscles and build your naturalist skills.
- If you’re a fan of Harry Potter and other fantasy stories, you probably have read about many wondrous and otherworldly creatures that only exist in …Read More »
- We all know that Pittsburgh has three rivers – it’s one of the first things you learn about Pittsburgh! There’s the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and …Read More »
- Ever wondered what wildlife is thriving in your city? One way to learn about what is in your backyard is to team up with other …Read More »
- Boom! Pow! When you think of superheroes, who do you think of? Wonder Woman? Black Panther? Batman? Well, did you know that there’s a superhero you’ve likely …Read More »
- “If you stop and look with some intention, you can find some really amazing things…” Frick Park has an extensive network of trails and is …Read More »
- In the fall, many animals begin to prepare for winter. Squirrels collect food, groundhogs eat extra food to store as fat, birds migrate to warmer …Read More »
Nature Notebook Submissions
What do you see? What do you wonder? Tell us all about it! Share your observations and questions with the Nature 360 experts. We’ll also use your feedback to plan future activities. Check out the Hall of Fame to find out what other Nature 360 explorers are discovering.
Want your Nature Notebook drawings featured on the website? Submit them using our form, and yours could be featured below! We also welcome suggestions for future topics for drop-in and scheduled sessions.
Nature Notebook Hall of Fame
These Nature 360 stars have some true naturalist talent, and we bet you do too! Start your own nature notebook today, and submit your nature drawings and observations through our Nature Notebook form above.
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Make Your Own Nature Notebook!
A key tool that naturalists use is a notebook to record their observations. This can be anything from what birds they saw on a walk, to drawing an insect they aren’t familiar with, to noting topics that they want to investigate online later. There aren’t any rules for what a good nature notebook should be, so why not make one yourself, with materials you already have in your house!
What You’ll Need
- 10 sheets of 8.5 in. x 11 in. lined notebook paper
- Construction paper
- Strong thread
- Duct Tape
- Fold your papers in half so the top edge meets the bottom edge (“hamburger” style), and cut them in half along this line. Fold and cut the construction paper in the same way. You should have two sets of lined paper and two pieces of construction paper.
- Cut off the left edge of the paper, including the binder holes.
- Fold the set of lined paper in half so that the lines go from left to right. Fold the construction paper the same direction. Trim construction paper so that it is the same size as the lined paper.
- Place the set of lined paper inside the construction paper cover. Use the needle to poke holes along the fold from the inside through to the outside cover (4-6 holes an inch apart will do).
- Cut about 4 ft. of thread and thread the needle. Push the threaded needle through one of the holes you already made, starting at the bottom.
- Sew back and forth through the rest of the holes you poked. When you reach the top, sew back down through the existing holes. When you reach the bottom, knot off your thread and cut off the excess string. Your knot doesn’t have to be perfect, it’ll be covered up next.
- Cut a piece of duct tape the height of the notebook and adhere it to the construction paper along the spine.
- Now for the fun part- decorate it! You can use markers stickers, stamps, or anything else you have. Make it your own!
Upcycle and Share!
Do you have old half-filled notebooks from school? Tear out the remaining paper and turn it into a nature notebook. These instructions make two small notebooks, so you can give one to your friend, sibling, or keep a backup when your first one fills up.