mystery The answer to the clues may be found at the bottom of this column.    Teachers and Parents: Enter to win an entire set of Dawn’s nature books of one title for your home or classroom. It's fun and easy!
Just read the clues below. They describe an aspect of nature—a plant, animal, mineral, habitat, or natural process.
When you're ready to make your guess about who or what I am, click ENTER NOW.
Who Am I?
spacerglass1 Clue 1:  I'm a member of the "dog family."
glass1 Clue 2:  I live throughout North America in deserts, prairies, forests, and even in towns and cities.
glass1 Clue 3:  You might hear me howling at night to communicate with my pack.
glass1 Clue 4:  Don't let me trick you—I am NOT a wolf.
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Entries should be submitted no later than noon on Friday.
If you guessed correctly, you’re automatically entered into the monthly drawing for a set of nature books from Dawn Publications.
A contest winner will be announced at the end of September.
Throughout the school year, clues for a new Who Am I are posted no later than Sunday night, so you can use them with your class on Monday morning.Good luck!
The answer to last week's mystery was: SEASHELLS Although Inside Outside Nature blog is changing it's focus, this weekly "Who Am I?" will remain the same! Teachers, click here to get ideas about how to use the contest with your students.  

NECTAR: A Honey Bee Quest

imagesWhat did you eat today? About every third bite of food you took is either directly or indirectly the result of pollinating bees.

Soon your students will be able to learn about the lives of honey bees and  appreciate the vital role they play in our world through a game called NECTAR: A Honey Bee Quest.

With a finger on an iPad, smartphone, or other device, kids will guide “their” honey bee to scout for nectar-rich flowers, do the all-important waggle dance, avoid ambush bugs, feed baby bees, defend the hive from bears, and perform other bee-tasks. And most important: build the hive to survive the winter!

The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for NECTAR has a goal of $6,000. Dawn Publications has pledged to match cde2c12a9cf7da1e501026e6dceecf98_largethat amount if the campaign successfully reaches its goal. Once the bee game is flourishing, developers Malachi and Chad have pledged to donate part of their profits to Earth Train, an environmental group that helps young people make a difference in creating a healthier planet.

I invite you to support NECTAR at Kickstarter. With a pledge of only $15 you will receive a FREE game.

INSIDE: In the Trees, Honeybees!

BEES_StoreDid you know field bees have to collect nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey? Use this lesson plan, Sweet Treat, to make honey butter with your class.

Discover more great introduction to bees in the book In the Trees, Honeybees! by Lori Mortensen. Her rhyming verse will engage a young child, while sidebars with fascinating information satisfy the somewhat older child. In the back of the book, Lori shares information about how bees make honey and how beekeepers harvest it.


OUTSIDE: Bee Dance

Meet Bella, the main character of NECTAR

Bella, a main character in NECTAR, finds a flower patch.

Scout bees locate places rich with flowers. When they find a good flower patch, they return to the hive and perform a “waggle dance” to tell others where to find them. Use this lesson plan to have your students make up their own bee dance. This is a great activity to do outside, but you can also do it inside the classroom.



  • Download eight more lesson plans about bees for free from the Dawn Publications website. (scroll down the page to the title In the Trees Honeybees)
  • Play this video to see NECTAR creators Malachi and Chad explain more about their game.