Journey North is a year-long, free nature adventure event for youth. The major activity season for Journey North actually kicks off in February but kids can join up at any time. Through May (and beyond) there’s plenty of learning and fun to be had.
WHAT IS JOURNEY NORTH?
A North American adventure for kids that allows them to log-in online (for free) and participate in a safe website experience that offers a, “Global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change.” Students K-12, chat and post about their personal nature field observations with other students across the country. Homeschoolers or unschoolers will really enjoy this project as well.
The site is totally kid-safe and encourages youth to observe various natural changes in their local community as they occur throughout the year. For example, kids learn how to watch for and track things like the life and migration patterns of animals (monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, and bald eagles to name a few), newly sprouting plants, weather changes and much more.
Journey North gives students a view into local natural worlds that they might not otherwise get to learn about. For example, a kid living in New York can get a taste of Oregon wildlife and vice vs.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
Kids can head over to Journey North and register for free. Young children will need an adult helper to get them set-up because while reading ability is not required to participate, there is some reading involved. Then there’s an easy orientation and afterward kids can join up with one or more of the many projects happening at the site.
While Journey North is not a “green” by name program, it is a great way to get kids involved with the natural world – and kids who adore their world are far more likely to preserve it.
Is you family already signed on with Journey North? If so, tell me what you think in the comments.
[images via stock.xchng & Journey North]