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Connecting With Nature at Home

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Stay Connected to Nature

While busy parks may not be the best place to visit right now, it is the perfect time to connect to the rest of our urban forest. Our urban forest includes plants on balconies, in front and backyards, and along streets and school grounds. Here are some ways to stay connected to nature from home.

Activity Ideas:

Be a Citizen Scientist!

Take photos of all of your nature observations and use iNaturalist to record your observations. All of your work contributes to an international database used by scientists! It's easy to get started:

  1. Download iNaturalist for Android or Apple devices.
  2. Find plants and wildlife.
  3. Take a photo.
  4. Share it on iNaturalist.
  5. Inspire other Citizen Scientists.

Learn more about biodiversity in Surrey.

Steward a Tree Along Your Street:

Shade trees planted along Surrey streets are maintained on a schedule, but you can get involved in tree care, too:

  1. Learn how trees benefit our community.
  2. Create a tree well around the base of the trunk. A grass-free area makes it easier for water and nutrients to reach the roots and helps keep lawn tools away from the trunk.
  3. During the hot summer months, water the base of the tree for 15 minutes twice per week. If there is a bag around the trunk, fill it twice per week.

Other Resources:

  • Enjoy resources, activities, and more from the Surrey Nature Centre.
  • Tune in for weekly stories from Surrey Libraries.
  • Observe bird nest cams from around the world.
  • Join story time and a nature walk at Redwood Park with teacher Corinne:

and enjoy part two.


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