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!
What is Nature Lab?
Want to up your nature game? Nature Lab events feature creative hands-on investigations at the museum on Saturdays and Thursdays after school. This brand-new, subscription-based program features activities that are fun for kids and grown-ups to do together. Learn to use scientific tools, including microscopes, maps, and field guides. We welcome all kids ages 8-13, as long as one adult accompanies each group.
Nature Lab: January Sessions
Join us in January as we brush up on our birding skills in preparation for the National Audubon Society’s annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Categorize birds by shape and physical characteristics, build your birdsong recognition, and test your spotting skills with our binoculars. From birds visiting the feeder to flocks flying overhead, learn to use your combined senses to notice and identify birds.
Nature 360 Subscribers can join us for in person sessions with museum educators at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Available Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19 and 26
Session times: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Available Thursdays, January 10 and 24
Session times: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Subscribe to Nature 360 Today!
Annual subscription: $125 ($90 Members)
Your Nature Lab subscription covers admission to Nature Lab for one child and an accompanying adult for a full year. Nature Lab sessions are offered on Thursdays and Saturdays during the school year. Subscribers earn points for each Nature Lab visit. Accumulated points unlock special activities and prizes.
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.
- Geodes are stones with a secret–at first glance, they seem like nothing more than the grey rocks you …Read More »
- A key tool that naturalists use is a notebook to record their observations. This can be anything from …Read More »
- If you like to eat honey with breakfast, dessert, or tea, you can probably picture its bright color. …Read More »
- One of the most anticipated events of fall is the changing colors of tree leaves. As the evenings …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
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.
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.
Inclement Weather Policy
For children’s programs scheduled to occur December through March, the following inclement weather policy will be used: Should hazardous conditions result in cancellation of classes, announcements will be made on television stations KDKA, WTAE, WPXI, and FOX. Decisions are based on the needs of all students and instructors, some of whom drive considerable distances to Oakland. During any inclement weather, please use your own discretion to attend for your own safety and that of your student.