Here is a collection of various nature-based activities, online and offline resources, and learning tools we are excited about lately!
Make delicious and brilliant pink lemonade using wildflowers and then learn how to turn purple water GREEN! using amazing colour-changing violet syrup with this quick video from @blackforager.
Read the life story of some funky little insects by investigating a leaf, with this video from Hidden Villa’s Science and Nature Series!
Learn what the Torah has to say about sustainable farming practices with this engaging and informative clip from bimbam.
Websites and Activities:
Families at the J puts together holiday bundles full of activities, songs, stories, recipes, and more from the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and community partners (including Shoresh!), and they’ve just shared the Shavuot 5781 bundle – download it for free here!
National Geographic Kids has hours of fun and educational videos, games, science experiments, and of course, tons of awe-inspiring nature pictures of all sorts to explore.
Have you always wanted to be a Bird Song Hero? Here’s an interactive game from The Cornell Lab to help you learn to identify some common and uncommon bird songs using visual and auditory cues.
For those folks with devices who love taking photos of amazing and interesting things in nature, we are loving some sweet plant (and fungus and creature) identification apps — check out Seek by iNaturalist, PictureThis, and my personal fave, Shroomify for identifying fungi (this one works offline!).
Here is a blog post with some current and exciting books for children who love the natural world from Read with River (of Picture Bookstagang podcast and Instagram).
And our friends at PJ Library have a section about recycling as a Jewish value on their website, with books as well as action ideas!
Get outside with Shoresh:
And, we wanted to bump up some resources we shared on this blog last Spring, including this list of outdoor (and some indoor) activities that can be done safely in and around your home, as well as our blog post on The Beet about starting (or building on) your own Dayenu Garden this season!
Are you eager to get out of the city and get your hands dirty with your family and friends this summer? We are too! We will be having many family-friendly Stewardship Days at Bela Farm this Spring and Summer, as soon as we are able to have these small outdoor gatherings safely. Please note that while children of all ages are welcome to join in, these are not children’s programs, and parents or guardians will be fully responsible for supervising their children on Stewardship Days. Stay posted about what’s happening at Shoresh here.
What are your favourite online nature resources??
Happy Spring adventuring!