Find as many species as you can!
Recommended for: Grades K–5
Estimated time: 15 minutes
Take a deeper look at local green spaces while learning more about the living things that call it home. Children will develop awareness and appreciation for the variety of species, or biodiversity, found in your local ecosystem.
- Printable observation sheet or paper/cardboard
- Writing implement (crayons, markers, pencil, pen, etc.)
- Internet-enabled device with camera
- Biodiversity refers to the number of different living things in an area. Ecosystems with more biodiversity are healthier and more stable!
- Contribute to science by using the Seek app to document where species are found.
- Remember to be respectful of all living things you find for both their safety and yours.
Download the Seek app by iNaturalist and gather paper and pencils.
Find a local green space, such as a park or yard. Observe the area and look closely for a variety of living things (animals, plants, decomposers).
Use the printable observation sheet to draw the things you observe. Use as much detail as possible. How many leaves does this plant have? What shape is that bird’s beak? You can also count how many species you find!
Take photos of each thing you find and use the Seek by iNaturalist app and the included video tutorial to identify what you find and learn more about the species calling this area home!
If you are unable to go to a green space, consider doing this activity with house plants, stuffed animals, or photos from magazines or newspapers.
For Further Discovery…
Explore other community science apps! iNaturalist and PictureThis can help you identify any living thing, while the Merlin Bird ID app can help you identify birds. All of these apps share your observations with scientists!