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!

Nature Stories

Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin

Have the squirrels been enjoying the bird feeders at your house recently? If so, you can relate to Old Man Fookwire’s frustrations! Settle in for a nature story called Those Darn Squirrels read by Naturalist Becky to see how the squirrels win over Old Man Fookwire!

The Little Yellow Leaf  by Carin Berger

Little yellow leaves, just like the one in this story, are hanging on to trees all around us! After listening to this nature story, The Little Yellow Leaf, with Naturalist Lexi, see how many yellow leaves on the trees you can find!

The Sunset Switch by Kathleen Kudlinski

The sun has set and it is beginning to get dark outside, that means some animals will be getting tucked in and going to sleep, while others are just waking up! Settle in for a story with Naturalist Lexi called Sunset Switch, we will learn about which animals come out at night. Why do you think some animals are awake at night instead of during the day?
Click here to make a clothespin critter and tell your own story!

Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies

After a long summer’s day, settle in for a story with Naturalist Lexi. Tonight we are reading Bat Loves the Night. Bats are fascinating flying mammals, let’s learn about them and then go outside looking for them!
Click here to make your own bat flyer and to learn how to play the bat and moth game!

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 connect@baltimorewoods.org 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 connect@baltimorewoods.org

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 connect@baltimorewoods.org 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.