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Edmonds Discovery Programs
A Leader in Conservation Education since 1980

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020: Governor Inslee "Stay Home Stay Healthy" Order For business related inquiries please call 425.275.4823
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To serve our students who are learning from home during the Covid-19 school closures, Discovery Programs has created a series of outdoor learning activities for students to complete in their own backyards and neighborhoods. Activities are designed for ages 5 and up. Adult guidance is recommended for some of the activities, particularly for the younger students.

 

As with all activities during the Covid-19 outbreak, be sure to follow all recommendations for adequate social distancing and personal protection. 

 

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ACTIVITY 1
  

Backyard Nature Bingo

Backyard Nature Bingo introduces students to the plants and animals that are located right in their own backyards or immediately surrounding their homes. All plants and animals included in the game can be seen in yards and neighborhoods in Edmonds and surrounding areas. The Bingo game can be used as a traditional tabletop game, or can be taken outside to search for the plants and animals outdoors.

 

 
ACTIVITY 2

How and Why do Birds Build Nests?

Spring is here with its budding flowers and birds singing away. These birds are into their nesting season, and many can be seen courting, searching for food, and gathering nesting materials. Dive in with your K-3 students to learn why and how these nests are built while recreating some of our common backyard bird nests. 

 

 
ACTIVITY 3

Stormwater in Puget Sound

What happens to all the rain when a storm hits the Puget Sound area? Learn how rainwater travels and what is in it while creating your own city!

 

 
ACTIVITY 4

Flower Journal 

Dive into the world of flowers with this 5 day flower journal. Create your own journal on the first day and then learn by observing something new about flowers each day!

  

Beach Ranger Program Online: FREE for Spring 2020

To continue to provide marine education to our area's students, the City of Edmonds has created a series of six videos that presents our spring Beach Ranger program online. Each video is approximately three to four minutes in length, and are most suitable for students in grades K-5.

Video content builds on each previous lesson, so we recommend that students view them in order.

VIDEO 1: Introduction, Tides & Zones https://youtu.be/4HzEed809rc
VIDEO 2: Plankton & the Food Web https://youtu.be/AVFi465RbKw
VIDEO 3: Mussels, Crab, Seaweed https://youtu.be/l9KuxCS9xco
VIDEO 4:  Anemones & Sea Stars https://youtu.be/GwsJf5nWRJ4
VIDEO 5: Eelgrass, Clams, & Moon Snails https://youtu.be/4V2WnU1FgxI
VIDEO 6: How to be a Beach Hero https://youtu.be/suKPmPj8_P8

If you would like to have your class call in for a question and answer period with a Beach Ranger via Zoom (or equivalent), please let us know and we will try to set it up for you. Please tell us the grade level of your students, what school you are from, approximately how many kids would be calling in, and a few dates/times that you'd prefer. Because we have limited staff available, we will likely be combining classes and/or schools according to grade level and requesting that students submit their questions in advance. 

Please email inquiries to jennifer.leach[at]edmondswa.gov

 

Other Resources

Our friends and partners are creating some incredible materials we'd like to share. Here are some that we find complementary to our programs:

Nature Vision. Learning packets for K-12. https://naturevision.org/student-packets

Mountains to Sound Greenway Virtual Education. https://mtsgreenway.org/get-involved/education/virtual-education/

Audubon for Kidshttps://www.audubon.org/get-outside/activities/audubon-for-kids

Burke Museum Burke from Home https://www.burkemuseum.org/burkefromhome

Seattle Aquarium from Anywhere https://www.seattleaquarium.org/experience-aquarium-anywhere

Monterey Bay Aquarium Facebook page