Be mindful of all the living things near you. Spend even just 10 minutes outdoors to see what you can discover!
Document what you find! A camera or sketchpad will do nicely and will help you connect and learn more about what you've found!
Tell everyone! A love of nature begins with sharing your passion with the world - through conversations, social media and beyond.
The official BackyardBio campaign took place May 1-31st in 2021 - offering participants three ways to get involved and share all they discovered! Check out what participants worldwide found and join them in falling in love with the natural world!
Submissions poured in from partners, families and classrooms about their joy getting out exploring and finding species near them!
Through the immersive nature app participants could submit observations and learn more about global wildlife. Check out the full page here
Direct Classroom Connections
Over 350 groups registered for the campaign - and we connected them with one another globally to share all they discovered with one another -fostering international classroom collaborations all built around a love of nature!
Feedback from participants
We were in front of a screen A LOT this year, and this was a great way to get them outside, experience nature, and sharing what they found. Thank you for all of the work that went into organizing this program. It is TRULY appreciated!
The children were so engaged about the project that they went home and told their families, and those siblings approached their teachers asking if they could participate.
I definitely had some snap happy kids, loose in their neighborhoods! I was amazing by some of the amazing shots! Our connection with India was amazing! Thanks so much!
What a wild ride! We're having so much fun as a group of four classrooms that we decided to take #BackyardBio two weeks into June, and it's inspired me to connect with other friends and family to show my students into their gardens around the world. My students didn't just learn about biodiversity, either. We talked about time zones, distances, geography, temperatures, weather, and even what people eat!
As a completely virtual class, some of my students have only seen nature through a window this year, and so it's been incredible to watch as they connect and "see" more of the outside world.
I have personally started using Seek and iNaturalist in tandem and I love recognizing more of my local flora! I am proud to be able to participate in citizen science. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!
For some of my students who don't engage in much else, this was their favourite thing to do. It was also a manageable thing to do virtually, as it allowed me to encourage my students to get outside!
I had one student that made 62 observations. In a year that was so challenging it was so worth participating just seeing the enthusiasm of this one student.
BackyardBio is an event presented by Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants
We're a Canadian and U.S registered non-profit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists and explorers. We do this through bringing science, exploration, conservation and adventure live into classroom everywhere through virtual guest speakers and field trips. Since 2015, we've hosted almost 2,000 live events connecting hundreds of thousands of students with scientists and explorers from over 80 countries. What we do is and always will be free for classrooms everywhere.
Each month we host over 40 live events for classrooms, tackling themes like climate change, ocean plastic, biodiversity, space exploration, women in science and exploration, conservation and much more. Classrooms can join in camera spots and interact directly with the speakers, all events stream live over YouTube and Facebook so any number of classrooms can tune in and all events record to our library of past events, accessible to educators and students at any time.
Check out our website and start smashing your classroom walls!