Family Festival: I Spy Nature

  • 23-31 May

    Free, online activities to do from home

Discover the variety of life on your doorstep with our nature-themed family festival.

Budding scientists can get crafty by making a nature journal, then explore your neighbourhood to record the living things you find. You don't need to know any scientific names, just describe what you find.

Delve into all things biodiversity and find out how you can help the planet. 

Investigate at home

Be a scientist at home and find specimens where you live with our Investigate at home activity. Use your scientific skills, make observations, ask questions and look for evidence.

Make your own nature journal

An important step to becoming a scientist is making sure you are ready to note down the things you find. Keeping a nature journal is a great way to record any nature you see, from plants in the park to a spider in your living room. 

Share on social media

Share your creations and findings with us on Twitter, just tag your posts with @NHM_Learn #NHMAtHome.

Discover daytime animals

Have a look at what animals you can find outside during the day. Head to a park, look in your garden or even watch closely from your window. Use your nature journal to record what you see.

Be careful not to disturb any living thing, be patient and watch quietly from a distance. Put things back as you find them.

Please remember to adhere to current UK Government advice on staying at home and away from others.

Top tips when exploring

  • look carefully under leaves, logs and stones for minibeasts
  • how many legs does it have?
  • try drawing body shapes and patterns
  • can you describe how it moves?
  • what is it doing? 
  • count how many different animals you find 

Discover night-time animals

There is a huge variety of animals that are active after sunset. The darkness can make spotting them a challenge, especially when it comes to insects, so be sure to listen carefully.  

But by using a simple homemade light trap, you can get to know your local wildlife and find out what nocturnal insects call your area home.

Spot plants, including trees and flowers 

Even though plants are sometimes overlooked, they are all around us and important for lots of wildlife. Search for different plants and think about what sets them apart from each other.

Coat hanger quadrat activity

Quadrats are used to count the number of different plants in a small space. Make your own with a three-sided coat hanger. Drop it on the ground outdoors and count how many types of plants you can see inside the frame. Is it the same everywhere you drop it?

Look before you touch and be careful of stinging nettles or anything that might have thorns! 

Top tips when exploring

  • count the points on leaves
  • describe leaf shapes
  • draw and colour different flowers
  • choose your favourite plant. Why did you choose it?
  • name or label plant parts if you know them
  • look closely at the grass, is it all the same?
  • can you measure it?

Identify nature

Seen a strange bug, found a new plant in your garden or stumbled across an intriguing animal bone while out walking?

Dippy's Naturenauts

Become a naturenaut by exploring nature with Dippy.

LEGO® Life Forms

Take what you have learnt from the real world and use your imagination to predict what life could look like in other parts of the universe.

Find out more about biodiversity and what you can do to help

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is the name we give to the variety of all life on Earth. From bacteria and baboons to plants and people - the range of life on our planet is incredible.

What can you do to help the planet?

The future of humanity depends on the natural world. If we act together, we can make a  positive difference. Here's how to do your bit to protect nature.