1 October - Nature Care

Nature is Amazing!

Nature is awe inspiring and it is important to take time to revel in it’s wonder. Spending time and effort protecting and restoring nature is vital but every now and then take the time to remind yourself why and to connect with others working towards the same goals. This month’s activity sheet provides many opportunities to celebrate nature both locally and globally.

Activities that show Nature Care

Hint: You can use these activities as ideas for the “Choose your own” activity on the activity sheet if you would like.

Count the Streams

Do you know how many streams are in Falls Church? Some are underground. Use this Watershed Map from Falls Church to count and visit streams. 1) How many streams did you visit? 2) Do all the streams look alike? What is different about the streams? 3) Which one is your favorite?

Watershed Map Opens in new window

Nature Art

Visit the "Natural Wonders" Community Art Installation in the Howard E. Herman Stream Valley Park. Visit the 6 Nature-Inspired Sculptures that will be on display through October. 1) Draw your favorite sculpture. 2) Notice how the sculptures replicate natural wonders, such as leaves, mushrooms, vines, and branches, in a variety of mediums. Now, draw a design for your own Nature Sculpture.

Go for a walk and use natural materials you find on the ground (eg: sticks and stones) to make art installations in nature for others to find on their walks. 1) What type of place did you create your nature art? (eg: forest or park). 2) What materials did you use?

Circular nature art on the ground made form stones and plant materials

World Habitat Day

October 1, 2018 has been designated by the United Nations as World Habitat Day. Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to bring attention to UN-Habitat’s mandate to promote sustainable development policies that ensure adequate shelter for all.

This year’s theme is Municipal Solid Waste Management. 1) How does solid waste (trash) hurt habitats for humans, animals, and plants? 2) What are some ways we can improve our Solid Waste Management (how we handle our trash) to improve habitats? 3) With your family, work to improve a habitat for humans, animals, or plants by managing solid waste. What did you do?

Colorful mask with a butterfly like pattern