Looking for ways to help your students to connect with nature and explore their own home or neighborhood?  These short investigations, originally part of our Virtual Project Crystal educational program, will do just that!

Are you using one of these activities in your classroom?  Please fill out this survey to let us know so we can track who’s using them!  If you have any questions or need any help getting started, feel free to contact Kaitlin Magliano, Education Coordinator, by emailing kaitlin@crystalcove.org.


Identify Plants & Animals using Seek

What plants and animals can you find around your home?  It’s easy to use Seek, a phone app created by iNaturalist, to find out!  The slideshow below will give you all the tools you need to get started.


Human Impact Investigation

People can have both positive and negative impacts on the environment!  This investigation invites students to explore their neighborhood (either by taking a walk or by using Google Earth) to search for evidence of how people have impacted the environment there.


Gardening Strategy Scavenger Hunt

In this short investigation, students explore their neighborhood to look for evidence of how their neighbors are helping plants grow.  If they aren’t able to get outside, you can use Google Earth as an alternative for a virtual walk!

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