Learning From Home

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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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.


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.


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!


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!


Make Your Own Plant Press

A plant press is the perfect way to preserve the beauty of your favorite plants, which can be used to decorate cards and other craft projects. Learn how to transform ordinary household items into a functional press in this video tutorial.

Online Beach Ranger Program

To continue to provide marine education to our area's students during the pandemic, we've 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. Our staff is currently developing supplemental activity sheets for the program, which will be available for spring 2021.

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

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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 Kids. https://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 learning from home