Learning Outdoors

Resources from Environmental Education - 6/17/20

The SDW Environmental Education team will be sending bi-weekly newsletters throughout the summer months. Our hope is that some of the activities will inspire your family to spend time outdoors playing, exploring and having fun! Feel free to share your adventures with us on our social media pages!

Nature Art

The summer months are a great time to try something new! Maybe that means using natural items for an art project! The Chicago Botanic Gardens offers some great ideas including pine cone owls, creating a picture with natural materials, or using kitchen items to make a collage. All of these activities and more can be found at this link.

Photos from Chigago Botanic Garden's website.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt - Round 2

Looking for a fun, family-friendly activity to do outdoors this summer? We've got just the thing! A virtual scavenger hunt!

Here are the general guidelines:

-Stay close to home

-Take a picture and post your findings on Twitter and/or Facebook

-Tag us on Facebook (@SDWEnvironmentalEducation) or Twitter (@SDWEnvED)

-Use the hashtag #ExploreWithSDWEE

-Receive points for your findings

For more info and the list of items to search for, check out this LINK. The winner will be announced on August 25th! Happy hunting!

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Adopt a Storm Drain

Another great way to get outside AND make a difference in the community would be by participating in our new program! Here's a snippet from the flyer:

"Helping to protect our watershed is an important part of taking care of our environment. With this in mind, we are launching a new program to help make the Fox River a cleaner body of water. We are hoping that in the days, weeks, and years to come that you will Adopt a Storm Drain in the city of Waukesha to help."

For the full details about this program - check out this link.

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Art Pages - Dragonflies and Damselflies

This week EE teacher Sally T. is exploring Dragonflies and Damselflies in her art pages. Did you know that these are two different types of insects? Check out the full PDF at this link to learn more. You could color the pages digitally or print them!

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I Spy...

This week our "I Spy" feature comes from EE teacher Sally T. and her son Bryan!

I spy....a wasp?

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Let's see. The body size, shape and colors appear about right but take a closer look. It has no stinger and its front legs are claw-like and folding like a praying mantis. You are looking at a mantis fly, a distant relative of the praying mantis. It uses those front "raptorial" (raptor-like) legs to catch small insects. Mantis flies are harmless to humans, however their size and color send a warning to keep our distance. We try not to disturb them lest the consequences!

Mantis flies are common in the south but this one was in a front yard right here in Waukesha!

Science Joke of the Week

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