Looking for a good book to curl up and read? We’ve got some stories to share on all sorts of nature topics for all ages, so even if you can’t get outside, you can reap the benefits of staying connected to nature!
Chickadees at Night by Bill O. Smith
Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Bug Girl by Sophia Spencer
Winter Trees by Carole Gerber
In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
Snowman Magic by Katherine Tegen
Giving Thanks by Jonathan London
What are you thankful for today and everyday? On this day of gratitude enjoy the book, Giving Thanks by Jonathan London with paintings by Gregory Manchess. If you can, try to get outside this weekend and say “thank you” to nature for all the gifts we receive from it!
Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
The Sunset Switch by Kathleen Kudlinski
Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies
Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
Take a trip around the pond with Naturalist Lexi, you never know what you might find! In this special Natural Connections video, Natualist Lexi will be reading a story book called, Around the Pond and exploring her backyard to see what exciting things we can find! After watching this video, go explore around your yard or neighborhood and see what you discover. Then make a map of your findings and share it with us by sending your map to [email protected] or sharing it on social media using the hashtag #baltimorewoodsnaturecenter. Happy exploring!
Hey Little Ant? by Hannah and Phillip Hoose
Gather the family and enjoy a story, a song, and a craft about one of the insects we are all most familiar with – the ant! Join Naturalist Lexi as she reads “Hey Little Ant” and helps us think about things from an ant’s perspective. She’ll also teach you how to identify a true insect with a fun song!
Click here for instructions on how to make your own ant friend, just like the one you saw in the video!
Send us photos of you singing along or your own insect craft by tagging @baltimorewoodsnaturecenter or emailing [email protected]
Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
Grab your antennae and settle in for a story! Naturalist Lexi will be reading a book called Are you a Bee? to help us learn about the fascinating lives of honeybees. After the story, try to communicate with your family through dance, just like the bees do! If you make your own waggle dance, send us a video of it to [email protected] and we’ll try to figure out what you’re saying!
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
Listen as Eliza reads a very silly story about a house cat who went out for a wild lunch! After you listen to the story, you can download this activity to help you identify the birds from the story the next time you go outside!
Live rendition of The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (and our campers!)
Acting out The Lorax by Dr. Suess is one of our favorite ways to end a summer camp week and reminds us to be good stewards of the planet! Sit back, enjoy, and if you have a copy of The Lorax at home, read along!
Earth Hour Story and Craft
Saturday, March 28th from 8:30-9:30pm, people all over the world turned their lights off for one hour to “place a spotlight on nature” in celebration of Earth Hour. Even if you missed the moment on Saturday, you can still take in the wonder of the night sky and take time to enjoy this story, “There Once was a Sky Full of Stars”, read by our naturalist, Eliza! For a special constellation craft for you and your family to create, click here.