Childrens' Forest of Central Oregon

Virtual NatureHoods Program

We have adapted our NatureHoods program into a virtual experience to be used as a resource for teachers, students, and families at home during this difficult time. These short, educational videos engage kids in local outdoor spaces and provide activities that kids and families can do at home.

Videos are grouped by grade level-specific science standards (NGSS), but all videos are appropriate and educational for K-2 students.

Please be responsible and practice safe social-distancing when exploring the outdoors during this time.


To access Spanish subtitles (or another language) on YouTube, follow the instructions below. If you prefer visual instructions, watch this video.

  1. Select the “Settings” icon on the video screen on YouTube.
  2. Click on “Subtitles/CC”
  3. If “Auto-translate” does not appear, first select “English-auto generated”
  4. Click “Subtitles/CC” again, then “Auto-translate” should appear.
  5. Click “Auto-translate,” then you can select a language.


Kindergarten: Bear Necessities | What Plants and Animals Need to Survive

Habitats (6:42 min): Learn all about where animals live! This lesson explores the different types of habitats in Central Oregon and some interesting animals that live there, plus a fun activity for you to do at home.

  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
  • Habitat Investigation: Printable habitat investigation worksheet to explore a habitat near you.
  • Mi Investigación de Hábitat: En Español


Changing the Environment (7:56 min): Learn about how plants, animals, and humans can change the environment to meet their needs. You will introduced to an animal who is a master engineer in its habitat! Plus a fun activity for you to do at home.

  • K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
  • Beaver Habitat Coloring Page: Color in this beaver habitat! Beaver dams provide habitat for many animals. How many animals can you count?
  • Colorea un Hábitat de la Babera: En Español


1st Grade: Roots and Tails | Plant and Animals Use Their Structures to Survive

Biomimicry (8:33 min): Learn about how humans mimic the external parts of plants and animals to design solutions to human problems. Plus, learn how to create your own biomimicry invention at home!

  • 1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
  • For help coming up with plant/animal inspiration for your biomimicry design, check out Biomimicry Inspiration (Biomimetica en Casa en Español).


Camouflage (5:47 min): Learn how different animals use camouflage! This lesson explores the different types of camouflage, local animals that use camouflage in Central Oregon, plus fun activities that you can do at home.

  • Animal Cutouts: Printable animal cut outs to color and camouflage at home.


2nd Grade: Plants and Pollinators | Spreading the Seeds of Diversity

Seed Dispersal (7:24 min): Learn how seeds can travel! This lesson explores the different strategies for seed dispersal, plus fun activities that you can do at home. For extra help making a paper air plane, watch this video.

  • 2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.


Pollination (7:23 min): Learn all about pollination! How does pollination work? What are the parts of a flower? What is a pollinator and what role do they play? Why are pollinators visiting flowers? Plus a fun craft that you can do at home.