What is Natural History?

Look around. Listen carefully. Smell the air. What can your senses tell you about the living and nonliving things you share this world with?

At the Frog Pond, we ask you to use your observation skills and curiosity to explore, discover, and wonder about the plants, animals, and landscapes that make up your backyard, your neighborhood, and beyond! Join us here for weekly activities, the Natural History Mystery with Doc Fred, the Bird of the Week with Nature Kyle, and information on how to earn your Naturalist@Home patch!

Wildlife Center Updates:

April Nature News

The Traveling Natural History Program is excited to welcome two new animal ambassadors to our team! The staff are working diligently to provide them care and training to help them adjust to a life at Chewonki.

March Nature News

Warmer weather means we’ve been able to provide more natural enrichment for our ambassador animals, taking some springtime walkabouts with our owls, or giving our reptiles an opportunity to explore and bask in the sun.

February Nature News

As temperatures rise and daylight hours increase, amphibians like salamanders, frogs, and toads will soon be waking, perhaps at the end of March, or early April!

Activities:

Naturalist@Home Patch Checklist

  1. Create a Nature Journal to record your observations in. Get creative with how to create your journal! Send us a photo of your journal before you fill your observations in.
  2. In your Nature Journal, make a leaf rubbing and ID the tree the leaf came from. Send us a photo of your entry. 
  3. In your Nature Journal, observe and record at least 5 different species of plant or animal. Record their appearance, sound, behavior, and habitat. Send us a photo of your entry. 
  4. Go on a Bird Walk or Bird Watch. In your Nature Journal, record your observations and try to ID the birds you saw. Send us a photo of your entry.
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