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Online Outreach Activities

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Coniferous Tree ID Guide

Description: Curious about what kinds of trees are in your neighbourhood? Use our coniferous trees ID guide to identify them. I great way to start learning tree identification.

Resource Type: Information Sheet

Location: Outside

Timing: All Seasons

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Spring Scavenger Hunt

Description: Spend some time outside discovering wildlife in your neighbourhood! Try to see if you can spot everything on this list. After, try taking photos, painting, or drawing what you find.

Resource Type: Interactive Worksheet

Location: Inside or Outside

Timing: Spring or Summer

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Sounds of Spring

Description: Spring has sprung! Can you hear all these spring sounds in your neighbourhood?

Resource Type: Information Sheet

Location: Inside with an open window or outside

Timing: Spring (but can work in Summer)

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Clouds

Description: Use our clouds ID guide to see how many different kinds of clouds you can spot in the sky! Try making a weather prediction or drawing or painting the clouds you see.

Resource Type: Information Sheet

Location: Outside

Timing: All seasons

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Turtle Species of the Kingston Area

Description: Did you know that there are 5 different species of turtles in the Kingston region? See if you can match the name to the picture while trying some true or false trivia to learn more about these turtles.

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet

Location: Inside

Timing: All seasons, but species can only be seen in warm seasons

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Make Your Own Bird Feeder 

Description: Learn how to make your own bird feeder using items you can find at home! Hang it in your yard and see if you can identify the birds that visit.

Resource Type: Craft Instructions

Location: Inside (with birdhouse hung outside)

Timing: All seasons

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Who's in Your Neighbourhood?

Description: Use this guide to identify the wildlife in your neighbourhood and record your observations. How many species can you find?

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet

Location: Outside

Timing: Spring, Summer, or Fall

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How Tall is that Tree?

Description: Ever wondered how you can measure trees that are taller than a measuring tape? Try using our worksheet to measure the tallest tree in your neighbourhood!

Resource Type: Information sheet

Location: Outside

Timing: All seasons

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Deciduous Trees ID Guide

Description: Curious about what kinds of trees are in your neighbourhood? Use our deciduous trees ID guide to identify them and learn more about branching arrangements on trees.

Resource Type: Information Sheet

Location: Outside

Timing: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall

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How Old is that Tree?

Description: How can we tell the age of a living tree? Follow the steps listed and make some calculations to determine the age of a tree.

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet

Location: Outside

Timing: Any season

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Tips for Creating a Pollinator Garden

Description: Ever wondered how you can start a pollinator garden in your own backyard? Read this for some tips to get you started!

Resource Type: Information sheet

Location: Outside

Timing: Spring, Summer

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How to Build a Bee Hotel

Description: Building a bee hotel is an excellent way to provide habitat for mason bees. Use our instructions to make your own bee hotel at home and give native bees a place to live!

Resource Type: Craft instructions

Location: Inside (with bee hotel hung outside)

Timing: Spring, Summer

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Magnificent Mammals Word Search

Description: See how many mammals from the Kingston area you can identify and find their names in the word search!

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet

Location: Inside

Timing: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Name that Mammal Game

Description: Test your knowledge of mammals with our game! During the game, one player holds a picture of a mammal on their forehead and their teammates have to give them clues to name that mammal.

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet & game

Location: Inside

Timing: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Invasive Species Wanted Poster

Description: Make a poster to educate yourself and your neighbourhood about local invasive species and their impacts!

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet

Location: Inside

Timing: Any season

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Make Your Own Food Chain

Description: Have fun making your own food chain on paper plates.

Resource Type: Craft instructions

Location: Inside

Timing: Any season

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Citizen Science: Help Conserve Species at Risk

Description: Become a citizen scientist by using iNaturalist to record the wildlife you observe in your neighbourhood! 

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet (with access of technology required)

Location: Outside

Timing: Any season

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How to Make a Mushroom Spore Print

Description: Did you know that mushrooms are fungi and not plants? Fungi have small structures called spores, which can be seen on paper. Use our activity sheet to learn how to make your own spore print!

Resource Type: Craft instructions

Location: Outside

Timing: Summer, Fall

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Match Up: Reptiles and Amphibians Edition

Description: Match the reptile or amphibian photo with its name in our fun game!

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet & game

Location: Inside

Timing: Spring, Summer

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Get to Know 5 Constellations!

Description: Use our constellation ID guide to see if you can spot these patterns in the sky!

Resource Type: Information Sheet

Location: Outside

Timing: Any season

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Sunfish at Elbow Lake

Description: Elbow Lake is home to many species of fish including the pumpkinseed and bluegill! Try and colour in these fish and learn the differences between these sunfish.

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet

Location: Inside

Timing: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Frog Life Cycle Spinner

Description: Use this fun spinner to learn the life cycle stages of a frog! You can even colour in the frogs.

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet

Location: Inside

Timing: Spring, Summer

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Learn about Local Medicinal Plants

Description: Learn about local medicinal plants in the Kingston area by following along with our webinar and recording notes in this guide.

Resource Type: Interactive worksheet

Location: Inside

Timing: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Make Your Own Water Filter

Description: Freshwater is more than just H2O! Make your own water filter at home to see what's in your water.

Resource Type: Craft instructions

Location: Outside near water

Timing: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Ecosystem Cootie Catcher

Description: Make your own cootie catcher to learn fun facts about local Kingston wildlife with your friend and family.

Resource Type: Craft Instructions

Location: Inside

Timing: Spring, Summer

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