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Nature at HOme 

You don’t have to travel to exotic parks to study nature - you have plenty of plants and animals close to home.  Whether it iss right in your yard or a short walk away, adventure awaits. Here are some activity ideas to get you started.

The Great American Campout

Daytime Activities

Written instructions to the Sun Print activity and other fun ideas 

Nighttime Activities

Indoor Camping???

Not ready to camp outside?  Check out these fun ideas for setting up a campsite INSIDE your house

Outdoor Skills and Camping "to-do's"

Camping using a hammock

Outdoor Cooking Resource Page

Camping Gear BINGO

Campout Packing List Scavenger Hunt

More Campout Packing Resources 

Learn about Leave No Trace principals 

 "How to Set Up a Tent "video 

     Mother Nature's Masterpieces -            Online Art Series

Register Today

    • 07/25/2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • 07/26/2020
    • 7:30 AM (EDT)
    • #NatureatHome

    We know that for many people, summer plans have changed.  If you will be closer to home than you had planned, join us for our first Great American Campout! 

    You can join in whatever way works for you whether you are in a park campground, your backyard, or even in your living room. 

    To participate in the main event, the overnight on July 25-26, please register. The overnight will include live-streamed fun like: Campout Cooking Challenge, Nightwalk, and Campfire program with games and songs. Only registered participants will be given the link to our Zoom event for overnight - so please be sure to register.  

    Watch our You Tube video to See how our Naturalists like to camp. Visit our You Tube Channel

    What does the Campout Include?

    • Live-streamed event on the night of July 25-26 including things like  - campfire cooking, a night walk, family-friendly campfire stories and songs. This will only be open to registered participants, so please do register. Draft schedule can be found here.
    • We will end with a morning check-in on July 26 so we can share our overnight camping experiences.
    • This is a choose-your-own-adventure event: participate as much or as little as you want and are able to in whatever way works best for you.
    • Videos and activity resource sheets are available on the CNS website for you to reference if yo are new to camping or are looking for ideas on how to get your family outside ans having fun. Find those here:

    We hope you will post your adventures on social media with the hashtags: #NatureatHome   #CalvertCampout   #CalvertNaturally

Fabulous Frogs

Watch us on You Tube

Here are some activities to try at home

Frog Activity Ideas.pdf

Mini-beast safari

Take this time to discover what small critters live around your house - you don’t  have to travel to find wildlife if you are willing to look closely.  Try these easy and fun activity ideas at home with your kids:  Mini-Beast Safari .pdf

Maryland Department of Natural Resources has developed some activities

Maryland DNR Education Activities 


the study of nature over time

This is a perfect Nature at Home activity.  You can check in with the weather and your sit spot each day or each week  - whatever your schedule allows.  You can keep track of your research in a journal.

Phenology ideas will be found here soon!

Nature at Home - Sit Spot.pdf

Nature at Home Weather Center Record.pdf


Share your nature observation through iNaturalist 


iNaturalist 101 - Exploring Biodiversity at Home (April 9th)

Exploring Nature with Kids: Virtual Learning with iNaturalist & Seek  (Train the Trainer, for Teachers, Parents, Youth Leaders)

How to Take Quality Photos for iNaturalist  (April 23)

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