Create a Backyard Habitat
Choose and research a native animal species. Create a habitat that will provide the species with food, water, cover, and a place to raise young. Observe the habitat over time. Take photos and use your observations to create a guide.
Use your eyes, hands, and nose to investigate the soil in your backyard. Is it moist? Sandy? Muddy? Does it have any particular odor? What grows best there?
Create a Treasure Hunt
Give clues based on the cardinal points. If you don't have a compass, remember, sunrise happens in the east. Sunset happens in the west.
Create a Compost Pile
In layers, add “wet” waste, such as kitchen scraps or grass clippings. Add “dry” waste, such as dry leaves or hay. Add some water as you go. Fruit and vegetable material is great for compost; never add raw meat, eggs, or human or pet waste. Consider getting worms to help with the project.
Plant a Garden
Plant a garden of flowers, vegetables, or plants for your family. You can do this in your yard, on your balcony, or even inside!
Look for Invasives
Take an inventory of the different types of plants growing in your neighborhood. Are any of them invasive species? With permission, remove weeds or plants that are not native to the area.
Plant a “Birthday Garden”
The next time someone in your family has a birthday, instead of presents guests should bring local plants to contribute to the garden. During the party invite everyone to plant what they brought. If conditions aren’t right for planting, guests can bring a packet of seeds, a potted plant, or other garden-related gifts.
Put Out Birdseed
Identify which animals come to eat it. Keep a photo journal of the birds and animals.