Young Ikes

The Young Ikes resources are designed to help children understand the natural world around them and what they can do to protect our precious natural resources.

Activity Books

Available in vibrant color on 100% recycled paper, these booklets are filled with games and puzzles designed to educate and encourage future conservation leaders

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Ages 5-8 (Grades K-3)

This booklet includes a matching game, maze, coloring page, crossword puzzle, and connect the dots. Order printed copies in bulk (PDF order form) or print out a color PDF (1.7 MG) for your use at home.

These additional one-page fun sheets are designed to print out easily from your home computer.

  • Predator Connect-the-Dots (PDF): Every wild animal, either predator or prey, has its place in the food chain.
  • Pond Life Crossword Puzzle (PDF): Ponds are home to a variety of fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, and more. Use drawings and word clues to solve the puzzle.
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Ages 9-11 (Grades 4-6)

This booklet includes a crossword puzzle, word scrambles, and matching game. Order printed copies in bulk (PDF order form) or print out a color PDF (1.7 MG) for your use at home.

These additional one-page fun sheets are designed to print out easily from your home computer.

  • Word Scramble (PDF): Unscramble the names of animals that rely on dead and dying trees for food and shelter.
  • Matching Game (PDF): Match the animal names to signs commonly found in nature – and learn what to look for on your next walk in the woods.

Simple Science Projects for Ages 5-11

Hands-on projects are a great way for kids to exercise their curiosity and learn about the natural world. Here are some activities you and your kids can do with materials you already have.

Stream Selfie

Why do streams matter? Snap a selfie with your favorite stream and submit it to our national map! You'll report what you saw at your stream and help us learn why streams across America are important to people.

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Creek Critters

What lives in streams? Use our free app to discover the critters that make their homes underwater. You'll identify what you find and get an instant result telling you how healthy your stream is.

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Soil Your Undies

What's happening in the ground? Bury a pair of underpants and find out. By seeing whether anything eats your shorts, you'll find out how much life is in your soil.

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