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First week of Nature Near You deemed a success

By Staff | Apr 7, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED The first week of Nature Near You featured tips on making nature journals at home.

The education team at Sanibel Sea School has been busy with the launch of Nature Near You – an e-newsletter designed to help engage children in nature-based learning during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first week of the program, which launched March 23, featured backyard lessons. Participants learned about biodiversity and nature journaling and completed three nature-themed crafts.

The first issue of Nature Near You kicked off the week with information on how to do a backyard bioblitz, which is a way to assess the overall biodiversity in an area while creating a species list of the plants, animals, insects and fungi found. Participants sent photos in of their backyard bioblitzes that were conducted on Sanibel, in Naples and even all the way from Minnesota.

On March 25, Sanibel Sea School educators introduced nature journaling and shared how it is an engaging way to get creative in nature. Nature journaling is a great way to record fun findings – like a bioblitz – note observations and create sketches of plants and animals.

The week concluded with three nature-inspired art projects that participants could create with items found in their backyards or around the house. For each craft, the education team created “how-to” videos for the Sanibel Sea School’s YouTube channel. Projects like leaf printing and making homemade binoculars were examples of simple crafts that could be completed by youths of all ages.

Nature Near You will continue throughout the school closures and be delivered via email.

To join the mailing list, email info@sanibelseaschool.org.

The content can also be accessed at www.sanibelseaschool.org/nature-near-you.

Nature Near You is the Sanibel Sea School’s offering for the community. To help support its efforts, visit www.sanibelseaschool.org/support-the-cause or email info@sanibelseaschool.org for information.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, the Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.