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Explore Backyard Wildlife

You can always visit one of Pennsylvania's state game lands or parks to enjoy wildlife, but birds and mammals are also our neighbors. Check out the lessons below for ways to explore wildlife right in your backyard. Wildlife on WiFi resources support Pennsylvania State Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology.

Activities and Lessons

Living and Non-living Backyard Lesson Plan for grades K - 3 (PDF)
Backyard Wildlife Nature Journal for grades K–6 (PDF)
Wildlife Word Search for grades K–6 (PDF)
Bird Feeder Bingo for grades K–6 (PDF)

Positive Pollinators activities:      

Wildlife Nature Hunt for grades K–3 (PDF)
Wildlife Bingo for grades K–3 (PDF)
Wildlife Tracks brochure (PDF)

Videos and Watchable Wildlife

How to Make Your Own Animal Track Cast for grades K–6 (4:03 video)
Creating a Backyard Animal Track Trap with Household Items for grades 3–6 (5:36 video)
Build a Backyard Brush Pile for grades 3–6 (4:35 video)
Bear Dens in Your Backyard. Oh My! for grades K–6 (8:42 video)
Wildlife Story Time: The Best Nest for grades K–3 (7:29 video)

*Courtesy of Pollinator Partnership in conjunction with the Game Commission's Howard Nursery Teacher Resource Guide


Wildlife on WiFi

Our vision is to connect Pennsylvania residents to their state’s wildlife from anywhere. To achieve this, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s award-winning Wildlife on WiFi program provides innovative online learning opportunities, virtual lessons and educational resources about wildlife and its conservation.