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From the Education Committee - Parents, Grandparents: Looking for something to do with kids during this pandemic?

robin stayingThe weather is getting nicer and everyone wants to get outdoors to enjoy the sunshine while still staying safe. There are a number of websites that have suggestions for indoor and outdoor activities kids and adults can enjoy together.
The Audubon for Kids website has loads of ideas for parents and kids to enjoy together. Weekly segments focus on different aspects of birds and birding: https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/activities/audubon-for-kids.
eBird (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology) website provides a series of Lessons and Activities for grades K-2 through 9-12. According to the website: “These hands-on activities are designed to explore nature and science with a combination of indoor and outdoor activities that will ease cabin fever.” https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/science-nature-activities-for-cooped-up-kids/.
The Children and Nature Network has a number of family centric indoor and outdoor activities on their website: https://www.childrenandnature.org/2020/03/16/10-nature-activities-to-help-get-your-family-through-the-pandemic/.
Another great idea is a bird journal. Our website, https://skagitaudubon.org/education
has a journal ready to copy. Using an iPhone, smartphone, or point and shoot camera, have the kids take pictures of birds in their yards. Then use a simplified bird guide (or pictures on the computer) to identify the birds. Have the kids draw a picture of the birds in the journal (or attach a copy of the photo). Then have the kids note the major characteristics of the bird. We also have an area in the Education section of the website for kids to post their photos. Send photos to skagiteducation2@gmail.com.

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