Monthly Trivia Answer

The answer is B, the tilt of the earth!

Planet earth rotates around the sun, and revolves around its axis. As the earth rotates it is tilted on its axis. That means that during certain parts of the year the part of the earth we sit on is pointed more towards or away from the sun. When we are tilted towards the sun, its rays hit us more directly and we have summer. When we are tilted away from the sun, its rays are more spread out and we have winter. This also means that when we are having summer, Australia is in the middle of winter. Check out the handy diagram below for some helpful visuals. 


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Craft of the Month

Nature Collages 


This is a fun activity that is extremely easy and enjoyable for any age. Using some simple contact paper and natural objects, you can create a beautiful and unique nature collage. The only thing we ask is to try and use items that are already on the ground, and limit picking. Follow this link for full instructions.  

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

Animals

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

Art

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!

Outdoors

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