It's time to go exploring. In this challenge you'll visit your local beaches and/or parks. If it's at the beach, you'll be hunting for various seashells/marine life that have washed ashore. If you're at the park, what bugs and plants can you find? By studying and learning about whatever life you find, this challenge will help you learn what you need to do in order to support and nurture the natural world around you. At the end, share what you learned in order to get others to also support the natural world around them.
There are so many interesting places to explore in our local environment. When we slow down and really look at the world through the lens of an explorer, scientist and/or environmentalist, we can find a whole new missing part of our ecosystem. Through this challenge, children will explore three different environments in the community (i.e. beach, garden, playground). Children will first work with the mentor to review techniques for observing the environments. What tools will you use to make your observations? Camera? Sketchpad? Tablet? What things are you looking to find? Animals? Insects? Soil? Rubbish? Feel free to pick up and take anything that is no longer alive or is allowed to be brought back home (check with an adult first). Once this is done in all three environments, it is time for children to bring all of their observation notes together and consider the following: What did you find? Are there any similarities between what was found at the different settings? What might be some of the reason those items are similar and why would they be very different? Finally, children will work with their mentor to come to a conclusion about the consistent things all three of the environments need in order to support life at each of them. What is each environment missing? Can anything be done to support/advocate for nature to survive in that environment? At the end of the challenge children will share their nature hunt, observations and conclusions with the greater TSR community.