My Nature Connection

Nature-based resources for play, wellness, and environmental education

Amid social distancing and schooling from home, it’s more important than ever that youth (and adults) spend time outdoors. It can be easy to rely on screens for activities and entertainment, however study after study proves that spending time outdoors can reduce stress, aid our immune system, improve academic outcomes, encourage us to be better stewards of the natural world, and so much more.

We see technology as a tool to encourage new outdoor experiences. That’s why we’re leafing through our hands-on, nature based activities and curriculum – and adapting them for easy, at-home use where you can set the screen aside and explore nature.

Follow us for on-going free resources, tips and activities for youth and teens — focused on nature-based play, health and wellness, and environmental education.


PDF downloads with step-by-step activities for youth.

For Educators

STEM + Environmental Ed. lessons linked to MN State Education Standards.

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For Families

Designed to encourage play and spark curiosity about the natural world.

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Videos with our Naturalists

The Story of a Tree

Grades 1-6

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Nature Detectives

Grades 1-5

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Part 1 of Thinking Like A Botanist: Garden Tour

Grades 3-8

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Part 2 of Thinking Like A Botanist: Baffling Botanists

Grades 3-8

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Make your own Rain Stick

Grades 1-5

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Tanadoona Watersheds

Grades 5-12

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Water Exploration

Grades 3-12  |   PDF download

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Seed Sculptures

Grades 4-12

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