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Nature Hunt

Get ready to explore your neighborhood!

Garden Bee

Discover the Biodiversity in Your Neighborhood 

There's a world of biodiversity right outside your door. If you've watched NHM Gallery Interpreter Justin Ramos in the video above, check out this Nature Hunt Checklist for an idea of what you might find. Once you have permission from your parents or guardians, follow the steps below to start your adventure.

Nature Hunt Steps

You're sure to find plants and animals calling your neighborhood home or just passing through. It's important to do your best not to bother any animals you find: use your eyes, ears and camera, but not your hands.

Here are just some of the things you might find:

 

Golden Silk Spider in its web against a green background of foliage

A golden silk spider

join and give footer NHM butterfly

A monarch butterfly

Close up of finches on a bird feeder

House finches

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A California poppy

bee, pollen, pollination, blue flower

Emily Hartop

western fence lizard dorsal view

Charles Hood

A western fence lizard

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A golden silk spider

A monarch butterfly

House finches

A California poppy

Emily Hartop

A western fence lizard

Charles Hood

You never know what you might find outside, so be sure to share your findings on iNaturalist and help scientists get a better picture of your world.