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Since 1971, Woodsy Owl has been educating the public about environmental conservation. If you want to “Lend a Hand and Care for the Land,” browse the list of articles, activities, videos, and more about conservation, the 4Rs, and citizen science.

  • PDF preview of the Try This! activity from Meet Dr. Jovan. The photo features Woodsy Owl kneeling beside a garden bed with some children.
    Scientists ask questions about many small things found in nature, the way Dr. Jovan asked questions about moss. Small things,…

    Try This! – Meet Dr. Jovan!

  • Which Wood Would You Choose Factivity PDF
    In this FACTivity, your class will consider the tradeoffs discussed in “Which Wood You Choose?” and work toward a solution.…

    FACTivity – Which Wood You Choose?

  • PDF preview of 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' FACTivity.
    The questions you will answer in this FACTivity are: How does a park in your area offer visitors (1) refuge…

    FACTivity – Where the Sidewalk Ends

  • PDF preview of Owl-ch Factivity
    As you have learned in “Owl-ch!,” humans are endotherms who, like other mammals and birds, must maintain a constant internal…

    FACTivity – Owl-ch!

  • PDF preview of Fish-ing Around FACTivity.
    In this FACTivity, you will choose an animal to study that lives in the United States and create an Animal…

    FACTivity – Fish-ing Around

  • PDF preview of Woodsy Owl crossword.
    After reading the Woodsy Owl edition of Natural Inquirer, test your knowledge with a crossword puzzle.

    Crossword – Woodsy Owl

  • Cover for the 'Fish-ing Around' article. The main image is a photo of a baby Pacific Fisher in its den.
    The scientists in this study were interested in figuring out which landscape characteristics were more abundant in the core areas…

    Fish-ing Around – Discovering the Habitat Needs of the Pacific Fisher

  • PDF preview of Woodsy Owl eyeChallenge.
    After reading the Woodsy Owl edition of Natural Inquirer, test what you learned with an eyeChallenge. Look at each of…

    eyeChallenge – Woodsy Owl

  • Cover for the 'Owl-ch' article.The main image is a photo of a pair of Mexican spotted owls sitting on a tree branch.
    Scientists investigated what might happen to Mexican spotted owls as the air temperature continues to rise in a changing climate.…

    Owl-ch! – How a Changing Climate Might Affect Mexican Spotted Owls

  • Cover for the 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' article. The main image is a photo of a dirt road flanked by yellow leafed trees.
    The scientists in this study wanted to know three things: (1) Do visitors’ activities and reasons for using urban parks…

    Where the Sidewalk Ends – Visitor Use of Natural and Landscaped Areas in Urban Parks