Sheltering at home while we protect ourselves and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for all of us. Because access to nature is part of our mission, we understand that the inability to spend time in parks and open, green spaces is difficult, especially for families with children. To help, here are some ways you can enjoy nature with children while home or close to home.
Watch nature cams, from California State Parks website, which has a poppy cam on the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve; live wildlife cams from Explore; webcams from the National Park Service; and #ParksFromHome videos from LA County Parks
Star-gaze with tips from the California State Parks website, which has activities for kids.
PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) is a K-12 program from the California State Parks.
Kids Path from the Los Angeles Public Library offers online books and videos, including the ScienceFlix program from Scholastic.
“Knowledge Drops” Interactive Science Education Series is a webinar series from Heal the Bay, with scientists and experts sharing insights and lessons about the marine environment.
PBS Nature has educational materials and activities.
Nature for All Member organization Audubon Center at Deb’s Park has a video on creating nature journals.
The California State Parks website has a children’s activity sheet on writing nature-inspired poems.
Wildflower coloring books from the Forest Service
Bird and other nature-themed coloring books courtesy of the Sierra Club
Play and Participate
The City Nature Challenge from the Natural History Museum is an international effort to document nature in cities that has been modified to adapt to present circumstances.
Share photos of ways you’re enjoying nature at home or close to home with our #LANatureAtHome Challenge.