LEARNING AT HOME
 

Learning about nature can happen anywhere!
Enjoy these free activities for exploring Catalina right from home. 

The learning resources below are designed to encourage you to stay in touch with nature, wherever you are.  



COLORING WITH THE CONSERVANCY 

It’s always a good time to learn about the unique species that call Catalina Island home. From blooming flowers to soaring eagles, this coloring book will teach you about local wildlife and give you an opportunity to showcase your creative coloring skills!

EXPLORING EGGS
All birds, big and small, begin life after hatching from an egg!  Observing a chicken egg can teach us a lot about how all baby birds develop, and you can do this from home.  

LET'S GO BIRDING!

Birding is when people spend time in nature looking for different kinds of birds.  What kinds of birds can you discover in your neighborhood? 

PIGEON OBSERVATIONS 
Birds of the same species can still look different from each other. This is just part of their biology. Pigeons (rock doves) are an example of this. Use the provided field guide of common color phases to do an investigation of your own.

SPIDER WEB SAFARI 

Different types of spiders will create webs of different shapes and sizes. Take a 'safari' around your home or on a safe walk and look for different types of spider webs. 

EXPLORING FLOWERS 

We can learn a lot by looking closely at flowers. Take a minute to look around your home for a flower to observe. Use the provided guide to identify the different parts of a flower.  


These three lessons are how students on Catalina explore nature. You may want to try these explorations where you live.

EXPLORING BIOMIMICRY - 1st Grade
In this two‐part lesson, students will learn about the designs and strategies living things rely on for their survival that have inspired human innovation.

EXPLORING BIRDS - 4th Grade
In this two‐part lesson, students will learn how to study birds aligned with the work of scientists.

EXPLORING POPULATION ECOLOGY
- 6th Grade
In this two‐part lesson, students will learn about population ecology and the interactions between species and the ecosystems in which they live.



NATURE JOURNALING  (Click HERE for Spanish)
Creating a nature journal is a great way to combine artistic creativity with outdoor exploration. It's a place where you can highlight discoveries, record thoughts or feelings, and express your artistic side. We'd love to see your journals!

HOW TO NATURE JOURNAL (VIDEO)

Anyone can have a Nature Journal! Here, Catalina Island Conservancy shows you how.

JOURNAL PROMPT: Plant Observation  (Click HERE for Spanish)
This activity focuses on plant observations over time. When you observe a plant over time, you can learn how its appearance may change depending on the season.



CONSERVANCY LAST FRIDAY LECTURE SERIES: Marine Protected Areas
Catalina Island Conservancy presents the Last Friday Lecture Series. On January 31, Lauren Oudin discussed Catalina's nine Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the statewide network of MPAs, including the selection process. Lauren Oudin, Ph.D, is the On-Island Director of Research and Education at USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, Catalina MPA Collaborative Chair, and Director of Blue Caverns Onshore State Marine Conservation Area

SENSORY SIT ACTIVITY 
Join Catalina Island Conservancy in using your senses to identify and describe things in the world around you.

LISTENING ACTIVITY 
Explore the world through your sense of hearing with Catalina Island Conservancy.

 

708 Crescent Ave., Avalon 90704 | Phone: (310) 510-2595 | 320 Golden Shore, Suite 220, Long Beach, CA 90802 | Phone: (562) 437-8555
Copyright © 2020 Catalina Island Conservancy. All rights reserved.