These activities are designed to be used right outside your door! Learn about and explore socio-ecological systems in your neighborhood by taking wondering walks, making observations, asking “Should We” questions, modeling data and relationships, conducting investigations, analyzing data and offering explanations, making new decisions and sharing with other families and friends. Each activity is explained in an overview document and then you can use the activity sheet to participate in the activity. If you don’t have a printer, no worries! You can easily remake the activity sheets on a blank piece of paper! Photograph parts of your activities and post them to the Learning in Places Instagram page if you are inspired to share what you are learning in your neighborhood!

Child walking through a field in the sun

LE 1.A Sharing Places: Neighborhood Walk

Children at a lake

LE 1.B Family Learning Across Places

LE 1.C Taking a Socio-Ecological Histories of Places Walk

Adult and child taking a picture of a crab

LE 1.D What is the current season?

Close of a plant and a child's hand pointing to the earth

LE 1.E Why is this season important to our family?

Three small children crouch to inspect an item in the muddy earth

LE 2.A Preparing for the Outdoors

LE 2.B Family Wondering Walk

LE 3.A Taking a Focused Walk Together: Species, Kinds, and Behaviors

LE 3.B Taking a Focused Walk Together: Relationships

LE 3.C Taking a Focused Walk Together: Places, Lands, and Waters

LE 3.D Taking a Focused Walk Together: Human Decision Making

LE 3.E Taking a Focused Walk Together: Thinking Across Scales

Nurse Log

LE 4.A Choosing a Phenomenon to Observe

LE 4.B Observing & Comparing Phenomena

LE 5.A What “Should We” Do? Exploring your family’s daily decisions

LE 5.B What “Should We” Do? Making nature-culture relations over time.

LE 5.C Creating a Neighborhood “Should We” Question

LE 6.A Observing and Modeling Specific Relationships

LE 6.B “Should We” Questions, Models, and Preparing to Investigate!

LE 7 Planning Field-Based Investigations and Collecting Data

LE 8 Summarizing and Visualizing Data from your Field-based Investigations

LE 9.A Returning Back to Our “Should We” Questions

LE 9.B Returning Back to Your Initial Models to Ask More Questions

LE 10.A Making decisions around our “Should We” questions

LE 10.B Making & Sharing Our Ethical Decisions