- Look under a rock / log
Nature makes use of every available space for food, shelter, or to raise young. Rocks and logs provide excellent cover for a variety of living things. Moss, beetles, insects, fungi, snakes, worms, and salamanders are a few examples of life you may find hidden beneath rocks and logs. A careful peek can reveal a single living thing or an entire colony of living things so use caution when moving rocks and logs and always put them back in their place. While it is exciting to discover what’s hiding beneath our feet, it’s best to not disturb or destroy any habitat. So use common sense and your powers of observation for this worth-while activity!
Internet links to help you:
A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer (All ages)
A Rock Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas (Children’s book)
Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists by Jeannine Atkins and Paula Conner (pre-teen, careers)
Minibeasts Under a Stone by Sarah Ridley
Under One Rock: Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs by Anthony D. Fredericks