• Merlin App – Take a walk outside and see many different bird species you are able to identify with this avian ID app.
  • Fizzy Pots – Not just for St. Patrick’s Day, this easy baking soda and vinegar experiment is sure to keep the kids entertained.
  • Crystal Snowflakes – Learn a fun lesson about the formation of crystals while making your own snowflake.  The end product is sure to dazzle and you’ll have a sweet keepsake to remember your time spent together.
  • How Do Leaves Breathe? – Now that Spring has officially sprung and there is plenty of greenery available, step outside and learn a lesson about plant respiration and photosynthesis.  Waiting for the results will have the little ones entertained for hours. 
  • iNaturalist App – ID all things natural in your own yard using this comprehensive app.  The Woodland Slamander pictured above was found in Rome, GA and identified using the iNaturalist app.  Simple take a picture, plug in the location of where you found it, and share it with scientists and enthusiast all over the globe.  A web-based version is also available. 
  • Spring Mosaic – Use only what is growing in your own yard to create a spring mosaic.  You can take the lesson a step further by using the iNaturalist app to identify the different plants you used.
  • Measure the Age of a Tree – Learn how to estimate the age of a tree by measuring it’s circumference.  Take the lesson one step further by doing the math to find out what year the tree sprouted and research historical highlights from that year.  This is a fun and easy activity that gets the kids outside and incorporates math, nature, and history.  If you want to make the lesson more challenging for older kids, you can incorporate pi into your equation for more accuracy.  
  • Frozen 2 – Available on Disney+.  Join Elsa, Ana, and Olaf as they learn about the magic of water and set out on a mission to destroy a dam that is choking the river.  After the movie, teach your kiddos some basic water lessons! Such as, what are dams used for? What problems do dams create? How does water travel (water cycle)? Can water be created or destroyed?  
  • American Bald Eagle Webcam – We often see Eagles and Osprey flying high above the Etowah River on our guided paddle trips.  Thanks to webcams, we can now get a more up close and personal view of the Bald Eagle in it’s habitat.
  • Aurora Borealis – See one of nature’s most incredible shows, the Northern Lights, for yourself!  This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a wonder that few are lucky enough to see.
  • #Savewithstories – Do you want a break from the story time? Follow “Savewithstories” on Instagram to have your kid’s favorite celebrities read them their favorite bedtime stories.  
  • Popeye the Sailor Man – Did you know that Popeye the Sailor Man himself had origins on our own Coosa River?  The characters from the popular comic were based on real people who worked on the Leota steamboat, transporting building materials for dams and towing dredges.  You can enjoy an old classic while teaching your kids or grandkids about the historical connection to the Coosa River.

Here at Coosa River Basin Initiative, we are continuing to work hard for the health and safety of our rivers in the upper Coosa River basin. If you have a water related issue or concern, please let us know about it. We are currently out of the office but can still be reached by email at jesse@coosa.org or aray@coosa.org, by phone at 706-232-2724, or on social media. We want to stay connected with you!