Ecologist School logo

Choose Learning Type ▼

Seasonal Animal Observations


Seasonal Changes

Visit an area of a park at 3 different times during the same season. This is better when fewer visitors are present if possible. Document all of the animals you observe during the 3 different time periods of your selected days. Create a graph using the information you find.
Travis Assets - mamm 1
Travis Assets - mamm 1 (2)

Science Seed

Animal behavior is greatly impacted by many factors, including humans, temperature, season, time of day, and more. See if you can find any patterns in what kind of animals you see active and when! Many animals, like opossums and foxes, are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. Other mammals, like squirrels, are diurnal (active during the day), but more heavily in the mornings when it is cooler out.
botany jar illustration

earn Badges

Badges can be earned through hands-on experiences within each of the 16 branches of science, or “Science Slices.” You can earn a badge in each branch of science by doing four activities in these categories. We also encourage participants to keep a Nature Journal to record their memories, and to express themselves creatively through writing or drawing after each activity. We recommend that each child (and parent if they’d like) write or draw in a journal after each activity, with expectations of your children that match their age (the goal is self-expression, not perfection).

Explore the Travis Elementary

Use this map to help you guide your way through the Travis Elementary as you complete activities.

join Families in Nature

It is our vision to inspire all families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists. Becoming a member of Families in Nature will give your family the opportunity to have adventures in nature, experience field science, develop as youth conservation leaders, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Memberships are free for everyone.

Who are we?

Families in Nature works to create opportunities for nature connection with the purpose of sparking a deep love and desire to protect, conserve and restore the environment. Our mission is to connect children and their families to nature and to each other through time spent learning, playing, and volunteering outdoors. It is our vision to inspire ALL families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists.

SPARK’s mission is to work with public schools to develop their playgrounds into community parks. SPARK has built 200+ community parks in 17 different school districts throughout the Houston area. Each park is designed based on ideas and needs of the school and surrounding neighborhoods. While all of the parks are different, a typical park consists of modular playground equipment, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables, trees, an outdoor classroom, and a public art component.

Skip to content