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Here's a list of fun activities, websites, games and virtual tours that will keep the whole family entertained while learning about the natural environment, climate change, water conservation, pollution prevention and more!

General Environmental Activities
Water Conservation Activities
Nature and Wildlife
Gardening Ideas
Recycling and Composting Activities

General Environmental Activities

Water Conservation Activities 

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Nature and Wildlife

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  • Smokey for Kids Explore the different sections of the website to learn all sorts of ways you can help prevent wildfires. You’ll find activities, games, and learn a lot about protecting the forest. Have fun! https://smokeybear.com/en/smokey-for-kids
  • The Migration Game Help Wanda the Wood Thrush travel from her winter home in Costa Rica to her summer home in Maryland. All you need to do is answer some questions about migratory birds. Each correct answer will bring her closer to her favorite forest where she'll be able to find a mate, build a nest, and lay her eggs! https://nationalzoo.si.edu/migratory-birds/play-migration-game
  • Yellowstone Park - For Kids! Explore Yellowstone National Park online games and activities. Then look for kids' activities at other National Parks. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/kidsyouth/index.htm
  • Habitats Do you know where the red-eyed tree frog calls home? Play this game based on animal habitats to learn! Explore the desert, coral reef, jungle, and marsh to discover where many animals live by matching each animal to its correct habitat! https://ssec.si.edu/habitats

Gardening Ideas

  • plastic milk jugsSave those large plastic bottles and jugs! They make great little mini-greenhouses to help start your veggie garden!  Cut the bottom of the bottle/jug off, plant your seeds, then place the plastic bottle/jug over the top to shelter the seeds and seedlings from the cooler nights.  Pro Tip: To prevent the wind from blowing the bottles away, place a stake through the opening at the top to secure the plastic bottle to the ground.
  • DIY greenhouse:  Use a clear plastic storage bin to cover up seeds and seedlings and help them get a head start even when it’s still cold outside.  Pro Tip: Place a brick or a rock on top of the bin to prevent it from blowing away during windy weather.
  • Use pulled weeds, lawn clippings or hay as mulch around your plants. This can even work in your veggie garden! Mulch will help protect your soil from drying out, prevent weeds from sprouting up, and much, much more!
  • Re-purposed wood. If you’re replacing an old fence, rather than throwing the old wood away, re-purpose it! You can make simple raised beds with the old wood and start a vegetable garden.

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  • Online Zero Waste Games! Test your waste sorting knowledge with the Zero Waste Sorting Game and try and sort recycling, compost and trash into the correct bins before the time runs out!  Learn more about sorting your waste with Zero Waste Matching. http://games.cityofdavis.org/zerowastegames/ 
  • Hazardous Waste Conference Call CalRecycle has a coloring book for kids that you can download and print to teach children about household hazardous waste: https://www2.calrecycle.ca.gov/Publications/Details/130.  It’s also available in Spanish: Casa Segura, Estoy Seguro!
  • recyclecityRecycle City There's lots to do at Recycle City—an online game from the US EPA.  In this game there are people and places to visit, as well as plenty of ways to explore how the city's residents recycle, reduce, and reuse waste.  In addition to the game itself, the website also has other in-home activities available.  https://www3.epa.gov/recyclecity/