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Winter is a great time to explore nature, using all of your senses to experience the changes that occur when the temperature drops. We have some fun activities for you in this issue of Your Learning Connection. Did you know that “ice” seals come to visit our region in winter? Learn all about it in the videos below and be sure to keep your eye on the shore if you visit the coast this winter! You can do our Outdoor Sensory Scavenger Hunt over and over again, try our pinecone science experiment, and even make a snow volcano next time it snows!
During our winter months, typically from December through March, New England begins to see some special seal visitors from up north: Arctic Seals! Harp seals (Pagophilus groenlandica) and hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) migrate to the waters of the Gulf of Maine for the season and share resources with our year-round seal residents, the harbor (Phoca vitulina) and grey (Halichoerus grypus) seals. Arctic seals or “ice” seals are species that spend long periods of time associated with sea ice and live in colder climates. Watch the video below created by our partners at Marine Mammals of Maine to learn more about these unique animals!
Do you still have questions and want to learn even more? Dive deeper by watching our Ice Seals in New England webinar!
Outdoor Sensory Scavenger Hunt
Kids will love getting outdoors with our new Winter-themed Sensory Scavenger Hunt. Have fun outside exploring nature and encourage your little ones to use all their senses to hunt for answers!
Pinecone Science Experiment
Have you ever picked up a pinecone and wondered, What is a pinecone? or Why are some open and others closed tight? Well, with so many on the ground right now, this is the perfect time to get outside and collect an assortment of pinecones! Once you have a bundle of pinecones, it’s time to try our Pinecone Science Experiment and start investigating!
Snow Volcano Experiment
Winter is here and usually that means snow! This is a fun time of year to try some indoor experiments outside. We decided to take this classic experiment and observe the chemical reaction in the snow. I hope you have as much fun trying out our Snow Volcano Experiment as we did!