Open Space Adventure: The World of Flora

From houseplants to crops grown for food and the native vegetation now turning Northwest Wyoming technicolor, plants are everywhere! For this week’s Open Space Adventure, add to your kiddo’s nature journal and head out to R Park, Karns Meadow, or another JHLT-protected public access property to explore the world of flora.

Open Space Adventure: Native Plants

To kick off your Open Space Adventure, download this fun coloring activity to add to your nature journal, available in Spanish and English, to learn about the different parts of plants. Then, visit the BLM website to learn more about native plants in Wyoming. If you spot any of these native plants when you’re outside, draw them in your nature journal!

Photo: David Stubbs

Open Space Adventure: Play Archaeology Detective

Archaeologists are like prehistoric detectives. It sounds silly, but by investigating items that have been left behind, we can learn a lot about past peoples. This week it’s your turn to play archaeologist detective & get your hands dirty! While respecting found items, use our Human History and High-Altitude Archaeology worksheet to get outside and find an artifact to record.

Open Space Adventure: Learn to Fish

Are you hooked on riparian zones? Well you’ll love fishing. 🎣 Join this week’s special guests for a fishing adventure! Then, head out to a JHLT-protected property like Karns Meadow or R Park to give it a try with your kiddos. Remember, fishing is allowed at R Park for those 16 and under.

Open Space Adventure: Riparian Scavenger Hunt

Continue your riparian zone exploration with a fun scavenger hunt. Print the pages in English or Spanish, add it to your nature journal, and get outside to observe the natural world. Don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to learn more about water and fishing!

Open Space Adventure: Color a Creek

Welcome back to Open Space Adventures! Download these printable pages and let your kiddos bring to life the kind of critters and scenes you might find in riparian zones. Bonus points for heading outside to find artistic inspiration at river, pond, or stream near you!

Art: Kay Stratman

Open Space Adventure: Riparian Zones

Over the next two weeks, we invite children and those young at heart to join us on a journey to learn about where the water meets the land. There are likely a few of these areas, called riparian zones, in your neighborhood that you can access by foot, bike, or vehicle! Use this video to help guide you on your outdoor adventure to learn more about these unique places.

These short videos are designed to encourage your children to explore nature in a thoughtful, educational, and fun way. Our goal is to provide you with resources that you can use to get outside on your own schedule! Print off resources like the Nature Journal and bring it on your next outdoor adventure to document all the cool things you experience around you.

Photo: David Stubbs

Open Space Adventure: DIY Bird Feeder

Welcome back to Open Space Adventures! Big animals like mule deer and pronghorn aren’t the only ones who migrate. Birds also travel long distances to show up here in Northwest Wyoming — you might even spot spring arrivals like mountain bluebirds or western meadowlarks in your own backyard! Follow along with this Open Space Adventure to make your own bird feeder, then head outside to observe.

Photo: Dan Duchscherer/USFWS

Open Space Adventure: Mental Map

Welcome back to Open Space Adventures! Did you know that migrating animals like mule deer can still find their way in the dark using senses other than sight? Explore the mental maps that guide wildlife migration with your kids by downloading our printable pages in English or Spanish and following along.

Photo: Josh Metten of EcoTour Adventures

Open Space Adventure: Animal Migration

Welcome back to Open Space Adventures! Migration is such a cool topic to learn about because there are so many different species from tiny insects like dragonflies and monarch butterflies, to birds like cranes and geese, all the way to pronghorn and mule deer that all migrate. Northwest Wyoming is home to many migrating land animals like mule deer, elk, and pronghorn, to name a few. Check out the resources below to learn more about why these animals migrate, how far some of these animals travel, and when and where you can see them passing through your neighborhood.

Check out the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website site to learn about how your summer vacation happy place might compare to a deer’s summer range happy place and gather some insight into why these animals take their journeys.

Watch this video from the Wyoming Migration Initiative which shows the world record deer migration visualized in 3D. Her journey takes place right in our backyard!

Last, but certainly not least, use this link to view the live video feed from the Trapper’s Point Wildlife Overpass webcam. Right now, thousands of pronghorn and deer are migrating north in large and small herds and are moving across the overpass. Pull out your nature journal and make some observations about what you see!

Don’t forget to check back next week. We will take a closer look at the “maps” that animals use for migration and how kiddos can create these kinds of maps too!

Photo: Josh Metten