Contact with nature is a source of wonder and inspiration for children and is essential to their healthy development. It is important always to provide opportunities for children to discover, experience, and learn about the natural world, especially their local environment. While hands-on interaction is best, supplementing with additional activities can help keep them interested and engaged in nature and pique their curiosity to explore the outdoors.
During this time when students and families are home due to the global health emergency, we are providing some resources and activities that can be used for continued learning.
The following are some ideas for learning about aquatic natural resources that can be done from home, either indoors or safely outdoors just outside your door. They are in keeping with Governor Hogan’s guidance on measures to protect the health of all Marylanders. Getting outdoors is among the activities deemed essential as it is important for physical health and overall well-being. Remember to follow guidelines for practicing social distancing and other usual safety measures for children.
For additional information and guidance on visiting state parks or natural areas in accordance with federal guidelines and state directives pertaining to COVID-19, please visit: Maryland State Parks.
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Explore a nearby stream - Streams of all sizes braid throughout Maryland. It is said that every Marylander lives within a 15-minute walk of a stream. This site provides a comprehensive set of background information, stream investigation activities, mapping resources, how to find a stream, and safety tips. As a start, try these activities:
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