Where will Nature Detectives Take You?

NEW JANUARY 2024!  Nature Detectives at Home Podcast

Link to view video displaying photos of more than 20 student Nature Discovery Journals.

Link to view 2021-2022 Year in Review a selection of photos displaying our activities what we discovered, and examples of students working as a team to solve problems throughout the school year..


Nature Detectives celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday morning, June 4!  Activities includes: Habitat High Rise, Walking the Alphabet Trail and Color Walk. as we explore trails and garden s at a local park.



Brand new Spring 2022 Nature Detectives News! We have presented programs beginning Fall 2021, continuing through Winter 2022 and now moving into Spring observations and projects.  Link here to download PDF.



Ten Strands is an organization that promotes environmental literacy statewide highlighted Nature Detectives in their weekly enewsletter yesterday (March 17).

Outdoor Learning Spotlight: Nature Detectives

“In our commitment to helping bring environmental literacy to California’s 6.2 million K–12 students, each month we will showcase outdoor learning happening across the state. We know that by highlighting the great outdoor work of educators, schools, and districts, we’ll continue to inspire leaders of change. This week, we spotlight Nature Detectives, a weekly outdoor discovery after school program for grades K-3.”

Presenting a 45 minute (in person) workshop at the California Trails and Greenways Conference in Modesto Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28. My session“Walking the Alphabet Trail and other Ways to Engage Families.” Will be presenting three new activities to increase their observational skills while having fun doing some Nature Detectives work at same time. Visit the conference website for more information and stay updated as more becomes available. https://lnkd.in/grtKSPSW

Our first eNewsletter! Link here to read our Winter 2022 edition and discover what we did in 2021 and what is coming next!





Join our Family Fall Fest in Rancho Cordova alongside the American River Parkwaymusic, stories, nature walks, arts & crafts

Visit the Nature Detectives booth to select from a variety of activities, handle objects from nature, preview Nature Detectives at Home,” Discovery Guides and other books.


Workshop Speaker at EarthUp April Storytelling Conference – Nature in Motion: Capture Sense of Place in Nature Journals


NEW Community Science Activities! Join our Lost Ladybug Project!

Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Science Grant  (YLACES)

Nature Detectives received a grant for purchasing supplies to launch our newest project. Beginning in March 2021, we will contribute to scientific research as we look for lost ladybugs in neighborhoods, parks, gardens our backyards, open fields or anywhere else ladybugs may be found. Learn more and participate at http://www.lostladybug.org/participate.php.   Link here to download project information.

Nature Detectives At Home –  Bring Families Outdoors

NEW parent/grandparent 20-page illustrated booklet is created for you to share a selection of Nature Detectives activities with your children as you discover the outdoor world together at home, the park or in the neighborhood. Learn more here.

Value of Nature Education Feature Story – July 2020

Emerging Opportunities to Share Value of Nature Education—Now and Into the Future