Free Environmental Education Programs You Can Do With Your Family

The following programs were created by AmeriCorps EELCorps member Katherine Smith for you to do with your family. Head outside, safely socially distanced from others, and learn about what kind of plants, flowers and animals may be in your own backyard. Several programs include a free PDF to download to get the most out of each lesson.

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Free Family Activity: Bean Germination

Ever wondered how a plant’s root system develops? You can watch in action by making your own bean germination bag. You’ll get to see the growth process from bean to plant. Download here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Story Time: “Outside your Window” – Summer poems, Part 2

AmeriCorps EELCorps member Katherine Smith reads the second half of Summer poems from “Outside your Window” written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld.

 

Story Time: “Outside your Window” – Summer poems

In celebration of the summer solstice AmeriCorps EELCorps member Katherine Smith reads a selection of poems from the ‘Summer’ section in the book “Outside your Window” written by Nicola Davies Illustrated by Mark Hearld.

Story Time: “Finding Wild” by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Abigail Halpin

“Finding Wild” written by Megan Wagner Lloyd and illustrated by Abigail Halpin takes you on an adventure. Find your own wild by heading outside after watching.

Free activity: Make your own outdoor art!

Ephemeral art is a fun and easy way to explore the outdoors. Download the free activity sheet here to learn what ephemeral art is and how to make it.

Story time: “The Snail and the Whale” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

AmeriCorps EELCorps member Katherine Smith takes you on an adventure with “The Snail and the Whale” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Story Time: “Not a Stick” by Antoinette Portis

This week for story time we are reading the book “Not a Stick” by Antoinette Portis. Download the free activity sheet here.

Story Time: “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon

To another happy Friday! This week for story time we are reading “StellaLuna” by Janell Cannon. In this wonderful tale we can learn the similarities and differences between being a bird and being a bat.

Story Time: “The Salamander Room,” by Anne Mazer Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

This week’s story time features “The Salamander Room,” written by Anne Mazer Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Download bonus Salamander Room Activity Sheets here. 

Story Time: “Outside Your Window” by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Herald

This week for story time AmeriCorps EELCorps member Katherine Smith reads poems about Spring in “Outside Your Window” by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Herald. For more free family activities please visit ClarkAmbition.org.

Sound Mapping

Sound mapping is a great practice in auditory awareness and observation. In this program we learn about and create our own sound maps! Download our worksheet for a sound map template.

Story time with “Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt” by Kate Messner

Free coloring sheet: Animal Tracks 

Backyard Flowers: A Practice in Nature Observation and Creative Writing

In this program we will be learning about the basics of plant observation and identification by looking at what is blooming in our backyards. This is an easy way to start learning about the plants that surround us and ways that we can start to know and name them. Download here

 

Spring Ephemerals: Identifying native plants and creative writing

Spring Ephemerals are some of the first plants to pop up and bloom in early spring. They typically bloom soon after emerging and die back in early to mid-summer. In this program, AmeriCorps EELCorps member Katherine Smith discusses the basics of native spring ephemerals, including how to identify them. Download a plant ID sheet and creative writing prompt here.

 

Spring Ephemerals: Part Two

Explore three more spring ephemerals native to Kentucky. Download a plant ID sheet and creative writing prompt.