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Nature Homeschool

Every season brings different opportunities to connect to nature right outside your door! We will be adding resources to this page as they are created. Please visit this site frequently for new information.

On this page

Free Activities and Nature Guides

Bees

Birds

Butterflies & Moths

Plants

Trees

  • Type in your address here and learn about the trees you see on your street everyday.  Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry has mapped every street tree in Portland!
  • Take a tree walk at a school in your neighborhood. School children have planted arboretums (tree museums) all over the city!

Teens and Young Adults

10 Ways for Teens to Connect to Nature during Quarantine (pdf)
Remember - Do not go into parks or onto trails if you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from other people. Respect park facility closures, such as sports courts, skateparks, and athletic fields.

  1. Go on a walk every day, no matter what the weather. Even just 20 minutes will help you feel better. Be safe! Stay at least 6 ft. away from other people!
  2. Discover the 15 most common birds in your neighborhood with our easy checklist! Take a walk and look for the birds. Or make a bird feeder & hang it up outside your window: the birds will come to you.
  3. Look for the 15 most common Portland bees. Look on flowers & bare dirt in your neighborhood. Move slowly and stay calm, and you can watch bees sipping nectar. Some bees are tiny. Some bees are green. Look closely!
  4. Did you know that every street tree in Portland has been mapped? Thank you, Portland Parks & Recreation Urban Forestry! Type in your address here & learn about the trees on your street! 
  5. Take a tree walk at a schoolin your neighborhood. School children have planted arboretums (tree museums) all over the city!
  6. Start a nature journal! Draw & write about what you see around your home. Spring is here! Visit interesting plants and trees every week and see how they change.
  7. Take photographs of trees, plants, birds in your neighborhood. Look them up to identify them and start a journal or collage.
  8. Make a nature scavenger hunt for your little siblings. They can find: the smallest leaf, the biggest leaf, a prickly leaf, something in nature that smells good, a seed, a bird, something with 4 legs, a bug with 6 legs, a bug with more than 6 legs. Google “nature scavenger hunt” for ideas.
  9. Explore all the parks you can walk to. Visit our COVID-19 Updates, Closures, and Postponements page for more info on what’s open, what’s closed, and about visiting parks and natural areas during the COVID-19 crisis
  10. Discover the 15 most common butterfly and moth species in Portland.

Parenting Resources

If you are new to being a parent AND teacher, you may be feeling a lot of pressure. Here is a helpful resource that is both inspiring and low-pressure.

Prescribing Nature for Health   |   Dr. Nooshin Razani   |   TEDxNashville

Dr. Razani describes how she was able to connect her children to nature, and why it’s important.

#StayAndPlayPDX

Visit our Portland Parks & Recreation’s Stay and Play video series for more videos offering a variety of ways you can stay and play with PP&R. Check back often and follow us on Facebook for more videos and fun activities to come. #WeGotThisPDX#PDXCOVID19