Learn at home! (Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) feeding juveniles)

Can’t visit us? Use the resources below to learn from home! From citizen science projects to educational videos, find what you need to stay connected with NCMNS and the natural world.

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Girl matching yellow circle with yellow leaf.

Take a Child Outside Activities: Everyday Nature

Take a Child Outside week is September 23-30 annually, but we encourage you to go outdoors year-round! This week, enjoy the autumn colors with this activity:

Shapes and Colors and Textures, Oh My!

Age Range: all ages, but ideal for 3-year-olds to second graders.
Location: a natural area such as backyard or park.
Special Materials: paint chips, wallpaper samples, or pieces of color paper cut in various shapes. You can also use the colors and textures in the clothes you and your child are wearing.
What To Do: Challenge kids to walk outside and find colors or shapes or textures in nature that match their paint chips or other selected color/shape choices. Record their findings in a journal with words or pictures. A digital camera can also be used to document the findings.

Additional simple activities are available at takeachildoutside.org.

Museum LIVE

Live, online experiences with the Museum.

A Complete list of Virtual Museum programs is on the Events calendar.

Dog and Bonobo playing.

Science Cafe: Survival of the Friendliest

Thursday, October 29

For over a century in popular culture, “survival of the fittest” has sometimes been interpreted to mean that some human lives are more valuable than others. Join Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods to discuss their new book, “Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity.”

Join us for the Science Cafe on YouTube

Science Cafes on the Events Calendar

Illustration of half logical brain and half creative brain.

Virtual Trivia Tuesday

Tuesdays at 6pm

Register for interactive Virtual Trivia Tuesdays! This is a great opportunity to virtually mingle with friends, compete for bragging rights and perhaps even learn something cool. Questions feature a mix of science facts, current news, pop culture and scientific discoveries.


Trivia Tuesdays on the Events calendar

More featured live events on Museum LIVE

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Homeschool Classes — New!

Science Detectives Online - November

Science Detectives — Online (FAQ)

November 18

Frog Calls, ages 6–7; 9:30–10:30am
Owls: Our Nocturnal Neighbors, ages 8–10; 11:30am–12:30pm
Biotech Tools: Gel Electrophoresis, ages 11–13; 2:00–3:00pm

Each live program is taught by a Museum educator and includes a thematic kit of natural specimens or scientific tools for the child to use during the class and beyond. All activities encourage the development of skills in scientific observation and thinking. Small classes give each student the best possible experience.

Science Now

DIY Activities, Virtual Tours and more, to do at your own pace.

DIY Orb Weaver Spider Web

Featured Activity: DIY Orb Weaver Spider Web

Most orb weavers build a vertical, flat web between two structures. To stretch the distance between two surfaces, the spider uses wind to drag a silk line from one anchor point to the other in a process called “kiting.” It then secretes different kinds of silk through its spinnerets to create the framework and sticky and non-sticky spirals of the web.

Learn how to build your own orb weaver spider web in this DIY activity!

More DIY Science Activities on Science Now

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Bob Alderink putting a deer antler on his head.

Mystery of the Missing Bones (YouTube)

The creatures of the woods are everywhere! Birds flying overhead, squirrels scrambling up tree trunks, and deer frolicking between trees. They are born here, live their lives here, and of course, die here. Yet where are their bones? Join award-winning educator Bob Alderink to discover the answer to this skeletal mystery.

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For Educators

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Online Workshops for Educators

Earn credit through free, online workshops that get you exploring nature in your own backyard. Each workshop contains videos, activities, and materials that you can step through at your own pace. Get ideas and resources to encourage your students to explore their nature neighborhoods!

More resources for educators teaching remotely

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Got a Question? We Have Answers!

Ask a Naturalist

Ask a Naturalist Blog — From Black Widow Spiders to identifying a Buckeye, you’ll find answers to some of our most fascinating questions here!

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