Nature-Based Activities

Below are nature-based activities vetted by PWD’s education staff. These activities can be done in your yard or close to home while adhering to social distancing guidelines. For a comprehensive list of quality activities updated on an ongoing basis, you can also check out this resource from the Maine Environmental Education Association.


Pocket Nature Journals

Our Sebago Lake Watershed conservation partners at Western Foothills Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, and Loon Echo Land Trust have teamed up to create weekly pocket nature journals. Check back each Friday for a new edition! 


Maine Bird Atlas

Anyone can participate in this citizen scientist project by adding birds you observe through an app called eBird.


Stream Selfie

Contribute to this citizen scientist project by the Izaak Walton League of America by taking a selfie with your neighborhood stream.


Messing Around in the Maine Outdoors

Activity book, for kids ages 6-11, created by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.


Connections: Maine Audubon

Each weekday, Maine Audubon provides family activities, parent/teacher tips, backyard birding, nature exploration at our sanctuaries, and live events.


Nature Nearby: Sebago Clean Waters

Tips, ideas, and photos you can use to enjoy the natural world around you.


Resources: Loon Echo Land Trust

Our land conservation partner in the Sebago Lake Watershed lists resources for families.


Maine Trail Finder

Trails to explore in Maine; be sure to follow Maine’s guidelines before heading outdoors.


Planting at Home

Tips to get your spring garden started plus activities and crafts related to gardening.


The Nature Conservancy: Virtual Field Trips 

Explore different landscapes around the world.


National Aquarium: Virtual Field Trip

Explore the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland.


Remote educational resources

In addition to the list above, our education team has developed a list of remote educational resources for teachers, students, and parents.