Themed Explorations — Wildlife
Wake Up to Wildlife!
There is wildlife all around us everywhere—in cities, towns, farms, and wild places. Discover the diversity of wild things that call Massachusetts home! All you need is patience and maybe a bit of guidance.
Animals have all sorts of wonderful adaptations, so let's learn why animals look and act the way they do and how it helps them survive. Whether you have acres of green space or just a windowsill, we are pretty sure that you will find something wild to study!
- Grades K-2: What's Wildlife?
- Grades 3-5: Who Am I?
- Grades 6-8: Speak Up for Nature
- All Ages: Arts & Crafts—Wildlife Journal
- All Ages: Coloring Page—Wildlife
- The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
- This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- Señorita Mariposa by Mister G (Spanish/English)
- Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson
- What if You Had Animal Teeth? By Sandra Markle
Discover More Nature & Wildlife
Visit the Nature and Wildlife section on Mass Audubon's website for to learn more about a variety of mammals found in Massachusetts. You can also find out what's happening in nature during spring, see each month's Outdoor Almanac, and much more!
Be a Community Scientist
You can participate in community science and help scientists from all around the world with iNaturalist! Just add photos of the wildlife sightings that you find in wild spaces, in your neighborhood ,and even in your house. The data you collect may be used by scientists all over the globe to study wildlife and understand the world.
- And if you live in or near the Greater Boston area, consider joining in the Annual City Nature Challenge that takes place in late April! Connect with people in communities around the world to celebrate the biodiversity around us!
Online Learning Tools & Resources
The North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) offers a free, comprehensive website packed with ways to keep learners of all ages interested and engaged while staying close to home—from hands-on activities and lesson plans to websites, virtual tours, and more.