Themed Explorations — Water
Wetlands, Ponds, & Vernal Pools...Oh My!
Water habitats are always busy, but they are really teeming in the spring! Salamanders and frogs are laying their eggs, turtles and macroinvertebrates are emerging, and sometimes we can find the mystical fairy shrimp!
Every living thing needs clean water to survive—what can you do to help? By studying how aquatic ecosystems work, we can all gain a greater understanding of why they are important and what we need to do to protect them. Join us for a variety of water-themed activities.
- Grades K-2: Spring Serenade Seek
- Grades 3-5: Water Walk: Observing Water Habitats
- Grades 6-8: Design a Water Filter
- All Ages: Arts & Crafts—Underwater Worlds
- All Ages: Coloring Page—Vernal Pools
- Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
- Henry The Impatient Heron by Donna Love
- A River by Marc Martin
- Hey Diddle Diddle a Food Chain Tale by Pam Kapchinske
- Down Down Down a Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
- Say Something by Peter Reynolds
Visit a Vernal Pool with WGBH's Plum Landing
Mass Audubon has partnered with WGBH to provide even more ways for you to explore nature with Plum Landing, a PBS KIDS environmental science project that offers families and educators fun and easy activities to get outside and connect to nature. Learn more about Plum Landing.
Watch NOAA Live! for Kids
Scientists and engineers study the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution—a nonprofit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education—offers free webinars three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) at 11:00 AM that connect students with different experts/topics. Check out WHOI's additional learning resources for use during school closures.
This nonprofit foundation develops and delivers water education resources to educators across the country. They started providing free learning resources to parents and educators when schools closed due to COVID-19.