Maybe the weather is bad, maybe you broke your foot, maybe you’re allergic to the sun, or maybe you’re under government order to stay inside. Whatever the reason, here are some ideas for nature-related activities you can do indoors.
- use the Identify page to help ID observations (see also this discussion)
- observe wild critters in your home like spiders or house centipedes (humans, food, pets, etc. discouraged) and add them to the Never Home Alone project
- upload those old photos you’ve been meaning to get to
- browse the archive of Observations of the Week on the iNat blog or the Observations of the Day project
- try out the Seek app
- check out other ways to help on iNat
- use the Identify page to annotate observations, like life stage for lepidoptera, or phenology for flowering plants. We could collectively make a big dent in these!
- many zoos are posting “bring the zoo to you” videos, for example the Cincinnati Zoo, the Houston Zoo, the Oregon Zoo, Brookfield Zoo
- museums are also posting at-home ways to interact with their content, e.g. the American Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of Natural History, California Academy of Sciences, the Field Museum
- check out some of the nature podcasts recommended on the forum
- enroll in a nature-related online course, some free ones listed in the science section here
- watch live animal cams, like these, these, or these
- try out a Google Trek, more listed here
- build a hotel for solitary bees & wasps, then post pics of residents to Bee & Wasp Hotels group (on iNat)
- if you have seeds, grow something! If you have houseplants give them a full love-session and tell them your worries.