.......................................................Nature Trails
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

In Your Backyard

It's amazing how much nature there is in your own backyard. Watch it carefully. Every time you observe some thing interesting, mark it with a sign. Use the small plastic markers that are sold in garden centers for marking flowers in a garden. Write on them with a thin, waterproof marker. When you have made a dozen or so signs, take people on a nature walk in your backyard. PS: Try to imagine what your yard would look like if it wasn't ever mowed. Seeds of many plants would probably fall there and grow into trees and bushes.


nature trails



In a City Lot

At first glance a vacant city lot may not seem to be the right place to look for nature. But, slowly, seeds find it and grow into plants. Animals find the plants and either eat them or make nests in them. Be careful prowling around a vacant city lot. Watch out for broken glass and rusty nails. If you want to set up a nature trail there, try to find out who owns the lot. Maybe you can write to this person and obtain permission to do so. Maybe you can do it in conjunction with your school or neighborhood center.


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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