Monthly Trivia Answer

The answer is A, Squirrels!

Prairie dogs are not dogs, nor are they rodents. They are in the squirrel family. They are fat little ground squirrels. We also have spotted ground squirrels that live in midland that are closely related to the Prairie Dogs. Although they are related, the spotted ground squirrels are much more solitary than prairie dogs and don't form the large towns. Who could have guessed that an animal called a dog and looks like a marmot could actually be a squirrel. 

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Craft of the Month

Cactus Crafts!

This month we are focusing on cactus crafts! Cacti are plants that thrive in this drier environment, so let's celebrate them. Follow this link to discover how to create your own river rock cactus at home. These need even less water and are spine free.

Looking for something fun to do outside? Below you'll find some helpful tips for Bird watching, a list of fun activities to do outside, and more!

Go Outside & Play


Look for animal tracks in the mud
Count the number of butterflies you see
Take a walk and try to identify the birds in your area
Go to the Duck Pond and practice your best duck call
Study the bark of a tree with a magnifying glass and see what might be living inside the tree
Go outside and sit quietly, listen for animal sounds
Flip over rocks and search for lizards
Practice Backyard Birding


Make nature art with things you found in your backyard
Do Sibley Nature Center's Scavenger Hunt
Find five leaves that are different colors or shapes
Make a leaf print using rocks & paint
Plant a seed and watch it grow
Play in the dirt! Make mud pies!


Visit the Fiddle Sticks Farms
Learn how to use a compass
Explore a local park or the Sibley Nature Center
Take a bike ride on the Sibley Nature Center Trails
Make an outdoor resort for all your toys
Play I SPY using only clues that describe nature