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While social distancing has been keeping us cooped up in our houses for weeks, our work is very alive and we want to keep encouraging everyone to get outside in their neighborhoods and connect with nature. To make this happen, we have launched a new virtual educational platform, the Urban Ecology Center In My Backyard. This way we can continue our critical mission of keeping people connected to both nature and each other on virtual naturalist hikes, activity suggestions for kids and families, research one can assist with while at home and much, much more.
“In My Backyard” has environmental educational content for families, ideas for how to learn from nature, fun activities to share and more, with the goal of providing tons of resources for all ages to help people enjoy their nearby nature.
People’s “backyard” maybe be a local park, an empty plot down the street, or it may be connected to each home. Wherever it is, the Urban Ecology Center is here to help make it everyone’s very own Urban Ecology Center until we can open our doors again.
Here is what the community will discover in this virtual learning site:
Backyard Classroom. A place to check out resources for fun, lessons and how-tos.
Backyard Adventures. When our experts can’t lead you in person, these resources will guide people’s journey to enjoy the nearest green spaces.
Backyard Research. The guidance and inspiration in these resources will help the community conduct their own backyard research that contribute to global projects!
We will be updating this site regularly and our goal is to make it a tool for people to check out on a regular basis.
The Urban Ecology Center also wants to invite the community to share their”backyard” experiences by using #uecinmybackyard
Explore the Urban Ecology Center In My Backyard today!