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Natural and historical education resources for home

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Natural and historical education resources for home

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With many of Michigan's school-aged children learning from home in the last few years, we wanted to provide some fun and educational activities aimed at history and the outdoors.

We've put together an extensive list of links and materials to provide kids and their caregivers with plenty to do. Resources include videos from our state park interpreters, outdoor scavenger hunts, reading materials, free apps, websites, virtual tours and more.

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to all the individuals and organizations who shared their materials.

Nature lesson videos from the DNR

Our park interpreters have been busy creating these videos to teach you about Michigan's great outdoors! These playlists are updated often as new videos are released – keep checking back to see what comes next! Just click the video preview, and the the lines icon in the top right to view all the videos in that playlist.

Nature at School webinar playlist

Nature at School webinars

DNR educators share their knowledge in 30-minute lessons on birds, habitat, wetlands and Michigan’s natural resources.

Virtual Interpreters playlist

Virtual Interpreters

Nature educators from our visitor centers around the state talk frogs, fish, birds, beavers and more.

Tracy's Teachings playlist

Tracy's Teachings

Aquatic education coordinator Tracy Page talks about water-dwelling critters, fish skills and activities, and more.

Mammal Mania playlist

Mammal Mania

A series of 11 videos testing your knowledge of Michigan mammals as you investigate wildlife crime scenes. Check your answers here!

Wolf Lake Hatchery tour

Take a tour of the Wolf Lake Hatchery Visitor Center and learn how we raise millions of fish each year and why we raise them.


Tree Detectives playlist

Tree Detectives

Join Hartwick Pines park interpreter Craig Kasmer as he shows you how to find clues to identify Michigan trees.

Tobico Treasures playlist

Tobico Treasures

Join Bay City park interpreter Jonathan Massung as he teaches you about birds, tying knots and other outdoor skills.

60-Second Snakes playlist

60-Second Snakes

This video series will help you identify a variety of Michigan snake species you may encounter in your outdoor exploration.

Nature in OUR Neighborhood playlist

Nature in OUR Neighborhood

Join staff from the Outdoor Adventure Center as they show you how you can enjoy nature in your neighborhood, or your own backyard.

Ludington Learning playlist

Ludington Learning

Ludington State Park interpreter Alan Wernette teaches you about trees, stones, river banks and more.

Earth Day playlist

Earth Day 

Join educators from across the state as they celebrate Earth Day, with ideas for protecting and enjoying YOUR natural resources!

Nature Glance playlist

Nature Glance

Christine Steensma, interpreter at Oden State Fish Hatchery Visitor Center, shares nature facts and humor from up north.