Outdoor Fun

Fun nature experiences in your own backyard

Backyard Habitats

Monarch butterfly

Have some fun crafting and gardening while you build habitats for wildlife around your home when you create a toad house, butterfly feeding station or bug hotel. (Parent supervision and help is required for all activities.) 

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Mr. Bill's Blog

Educator Bill Haley with students and lizard

Aquarium Outreach Educator "Mr. Bill" Haley is somewhat of a local celebrity. Haley visits schools in the surrounding area, bringing the Aquarium's mission of educating the public about water and wildlife (along with a few Aquarium critters) straight to area students. Now that the Aquarium is temporarily closed, he's taken over our blog and is sharing springtime observations from his own backyard! Read his Naturalist's Notebook here.

Backyard Birdwatching

yellow bird sitting at bird feederLooking for outdoor activities you can do close to home? Try birdwatching in your own backyard! Get tips from this recent CityScope article featuring the Aquarium's resident wild bird expert, Kevin Calhoon. Find even more information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website which includes the Macaulay Library, a wildlife media library with more than 17 million photos, sounds, and videos from around the world.