Open Space Adventure: Flower Identification

We are in the heat of summer and that means there are plenty of wildflowers out and about! Grab our newest worksheet from the porch R Park, or click here to print one out yourself. Then, grab a Conservation Adventure Map & head out onto the Hoback Trail at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to record your observation. Don’t forget to bring something to draw with, a mask, and plenty of sunscreen!

Photo: Indian paintbrush by David Stubbs.

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