The Dunes Center at Home!

Bring the incredible world of Science and History into your home with our daily educational activities! Every day we will post a new activity that focuses on the world around us. We will post activities that highlight our local biodiversity, local history, and science experiments. Each of these activities is designed to encourage your child to think scientifically and utilize their imaginations in the comfort of your home. Please follow our Facebook and Instagram for updates! Check back regularly for new activities!

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Learn what a keystone species is and why they are so important in this fun and informational activity.

Learn what a keystone species is and why they are so important in this fun and informational activity.

How are owls, snakes, and kangaroo rats all related? Find out in this activity! You will learn about food webs, species, and dunes ecosystems all from the comfort of your home!

How are owls, snakes, and kangaroo rats all related? Find out in this activity! You will learn about food webs, species, and dunes ecosystems all from the comfort of your home!

Create your very own California Chipmunk mask at home! Use the color by number guide while learning some fun facts about the California Chipmunk.

Create your very own California Chipmunk mask at home! Use the color by number guide while learning some fun facts about the California Chipmunk.

If you love silly sentences and want to learn more about Betty, the Burrowing owl's exciting day, this activity is just for you. Fill in the blank areas with adjectives, verbs, and nouns to describe the CRAZY day Betty has had.

If you love silly sentences and want to learn more about Betty, the Burrowing owl’s exciting day, this activity is just for you. Fill in the blank areas with adjectives, verbs, and nouns to describe the CRAZY day Betty has had.

Leaves, Sticks, rocks and many other small pieces of nature turn into a great medium to make art with! Get outside, get your hands dirty and feel the calming effect nature and making mandalas has for you!

Leaves, Sticks, rocks and many other small pieces of nature turn into a great medium to make art with! Get outside, get your hands dirty and feel the calming effect nature and making mandalas has for you!

Create some fun environmentally friendly leaf ghosts just in time for Halloween!

Create some fun environmentally friendly leaf ghosts just in time for Halloween!

In this game you will use your sense of smell to tell which items are food and which aren't. Play with friends or family and see who would make the best ground squirrel!

In this game you will use your sense of smell to tell which items are food and which aren’t. Play with friends or family and see who would make the best ground squirrel!

Learn about some common butterflies and then enjoy a fun butterfly themed crossword.

Learn about some common butterflies and then enjoy a fun butterfly themed crossword with today’s activity.

Teach you kids how scientist classify animals and help identify the new creatures found in the dunes using a dichotomous key!

Teach you kids how scientist classify animals and help identify the new creatures found in the dunes using a dichotomous key!

Learn how to recycle at home with this cute and creative shrunken plastic craft!

Learn how to recycle at home with this cute and creative shrunken plastic craft!

Learn about the properties of density and  learn how to create your very own DIY Lava Lamp with this activity!

Learn about the properties of density and learn how to create your very own DIY Lava Lamp with this activity!

Learn all about how diverse ferns are in this botany lesson!

Learn all about how diverse ferns are in this botany lesson!

This experiment will demonstrate how color can be removed through the properties of bleach (make sure to do this one with a parent!)

The Vanishing Color Experiment will demonstrate how color can be removed through the properties of bleach (make sure to do this one with a parent!)

Learn about how marine mammals stay warm in the ocean with this fun experiment!

Learn about how marine mammals stay warm in the ocean with this fun experiment!

Teach your kids the negative effects of oil spills and the gravity of how hard they are to clean up with this powerful lesson.

Teach your kids the negative effects of oil spills and the gravity of how hard they are to clean up with this powerful lesson.

Learn about bears, hibernation, and learn a fun game to play with your family friends.

Learn about bears, hibernation, and learn a fun game to play with your family friends.

Learn the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy with this fun activity!

Learn the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy with this fun activity!

Learn about the Western Sandpiper and how to play a fun game that simulates how they find food with this activity!

Learn about the Western Sandpiper and how to play a fun game that simulates how they find food with this activity!

Make a hike more interesting with this scavenger hunt. Take it with you while hiking through the foothills of the Central Coast!

Make a hike more interesting with this scavenger hunt. Take it with you while hiking through the foothills of the Central Coast to tech you and your kids the names of some common plants!

Learn about the life cycle of the tree frog with this fun activity!

Learn about the life cycle of the tree frog with this fun activity!

Have you ever noticed the different shapes and textures of leaves? Try out this leaf rubbings activity and create a beautiful piece of art while also comparing different leaf shapes! This nature inspires art will impress all of your friends and family!

Have you ever noticed the different shapes and textures of leaves? Try out this leaf rubbings activity and create a beautiful piece of art while also comparing different leaf shapes! This nature inspires art will impress all of your friends and family!

Learn how to make this do-it-yourself excavation kit using two household items with this step by step guide!

Learn how to make this do-it-yourself excavation kit using two household items with this step by step guide!

Create your very own nature journal with a few household items using the instructions in this activity!

Create your very own nature journal with a few household items using the instructions in this activity!

Create your own tissue paper poppy and learn about California's iconic flower with this activity.

Create your own tissue paper poppy and learn about California’s iconic flower with this activity.

Learn how to create an origami whale, sea otter, and rabbit with this activity!

Learn how to create an origami whale, sea otter, and rabbit with this activity!

 Learn to measure pollution levels using items from around the house with today's activity!

Learn to measure pollution levels using items from around the house with today’s activity!

Follow along with this activity to learn how to create your very own nature bug masterpiece!

Follow along with this activity to learn how to create your very own nature bug masterpiece!

Today’s activity demonstrates the laws of physics through an egg drop experiment! Forewarning, this might get a little messy!

Today’s activity demonstrates the laws of physics through an egg drop experiment! Forewarning, this might get a little messy!

Learn about ocean acidification and conduct an experiment to see how ocean acidification affects seashells with this activity.

Learn about ocean acidification and conduct an experiment to see how ocean acidification affects seashells with this activity.

Learn some fun facts about sand dollars and create your own Tic-Tac-Toe set with this activity.

Learn some fun facts about sand dollars and create your own Tic-Tac-Toe set with this activity.

Create your own super cute Sea Otter Puppet and learn some fun facts too!

Create your own super cute Sea Otter Puppet and learn some fun facts too!

Go on the hunt for some common bugs found in California with today's activity!

Go on the hunt for some common bugs found in California with today’s activity!

Learn about the only native palm tree in western North America and learn how to create a fun decorative personal goal palm tree!

Learn about the only native palm tree in western North America and learn how to create a fun decorative personal goal palm tree!

Create a shadow puppet show with the entire family ,and learn about four animals found in California with this activity.

Create a shadow puppet show with the entire family, and learn about four animals found in California with this activity.

Teach your kids about overfishing with this interactive game! The entire family can join in!

Teach your kids about overfishing with this interactive game! The entire family can join in!

Experiment with capillary systems in flowers and learn about how root systems work with this activity!

Experiment with capillary systems in flowers and learn about how root systems work with this activity!

Make your own solar powered oven!

Make your own solar powered oven!

Check out the worksheet in our bio to learn more about hummingbirds and how you can make your very own hummingbird feeder using common household objects!

Check out the worksheet in our bio to learn more about hummingbirds and how you can make your very own hummingbird feeder using common household objects!

Learn about a invertebrate species that are only found in California with this activity

Learn about a invertebrate species that are only found in California with this activity

Lean about some very common plants found in Big Sur with this activity!

Lean about some very common plants found in Big Sur with this activity!

Learn about the different types of clouds, and create your own cloud art with this activity!

Learn about the different types of clouds, and create your own cloud art with this activity!

Learn about how and why animals blend in with their environment with this activity!

Learn about how and why animals blend in with their environment with this activity!

Challenge yourself to live a more sustainable lifestyle with this activity!

Challenge yourself to live a more sustainable lifestyle with this activity!

Learn about the giant squid and how to make your very own pet squid in a bottle with this activity.

Learn about the giant squid and how to make your very own pet squid in a bottle with this activity.

Learn about seed germination and how to grow a plant using beans from your kitchen with this activity!

Learn about seed germination and how to grow a plant using beans from your kitchen with this activity!

Show off your animal sound and movements with this fun game! Use this animal dice to take turns making sounds and movements of these common central coast animals. This is a perfect game to get the whole family moving and laughing!

Show off your animal sound and movements with this fun game! Use this animal dice to take turns making sounds and movements of these common central coast animals. This is a perfect game to get the whole family moving and laughing!

Learn about making and maintaining your own compost pile!

Learn about making and maintaining your own compost pile!

Learn the difference between a squid and an octopus with this activity!

Learn the differences between a squid and an octopus with this activity!

Learn about Coyote Bush with this activity.

Learn about Coyote Bush with this activity.

Grab your umbrella! Or don't, because you can make this rainstorm all within your own kitchen! Learn about how rainstorms are formed and find the directions to make your very own rainstorm in this activity!

Grab your umbrella! Or don’t, because you can make this rainstorm all within your own kitchen! Learn about how rainstorms are formed and find the directions to make your very own rainstorm in this activity!

 Learn about the Snowy Plover and uncover a fun fact by solving a cryptogram puzzle with this activity.

Learn about the Snowy Plover and uncover a fun fact by solving a cryptogram puzzle with this activity.

Check out this activity to find a fun way to become more sustainable with our sustainability bingo (P.S. , you can't lose!)

Check out this activity to find a fun way to become more sustainable with our sustainability bingo (P.S. , you can’t lose!)

Learn about the different layers of the ocean with this activity!

Learn about the different layers of the ocean with this activity!

Learn to identify learn some common plants by playing this fun matching game!

Learn to identify learn some common plants by playing this fun matching game!

Learn about why we have different tides and learn about the different activities to do during high and low tides.

Learn about why we have different tides and learn about the different activities to do during high and low tides.

Learn about the anatomy of Dolphins, Whales, and Sharks with this fun activity!

Learn about the anatomy of Dolphins, Whales, and Sharks with this fun activity!

 In this activity, you can learn three really easy ways to make a reusable face mask and reduce the waste being created!

In this activity, you can learn three really easy ways to make a reusable face mask and reduce the waste being created!

Learn about common snakes in California with this crossword puzzle and informational worksheet!

Learn about common snakes in California with this crossword puzzle and informational worksheet!

Can you name some of the most common native plants on the Central Coast? If not, don’t worry! This lesson will teach you! Use these pre-made flashcards to test your knowledge.

Can you name some of the most common native plants on the Central Coast? If not, don’t worry! This lesson will teach you! Use these pre-made flashcards to test your knowledge.

Birds are the only animals on Earth that have feathers! Learn about the function of feathers in this lesson!

Birds are the only animals on Earth that have feathers! Learn about their function in this lesson!

Check out this worksheet to learn more about the elephant seals and solve the maze to help the elephant seal escape the great white shark!

Check out this worksheet to learn more about the elephant seals and solve the maze to help the elephant seal escape the great white shark!

Learn more about how an item you use twice a day can affect the planet with this worksheet.

Learn more about how an item you use twice a day can affect the planet with this worksheet.

Have you ever seen a hermit crab without a shell? Check out this activity to learn about hermit crabs!

Have you ever seen a hermit crab without a shell? Check out this activity to learn about hermit crabs!

Test your knowledge with this fun botany themed crossword puzzle!

Test your knowledge with this fun botany themed crossword puzzle!

Teach your kids about constellations and make your own constellations at home!

Teach your kids about constellations and make your own constellations at home!

This lesson will help you identify common scat from California animals! This is a useful tracking tool that hunters and wildlife managers have used for hundreds of years.

This lesson will help you identify common scat from California animals! This is a useful tracking tool that hunters and wildlife managers have used for hundreds of years.

Teach your kids about the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates with this activity!

Teach your kids about the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates with this activity!

Take your garbage and turn it into a master piece with this fun activity!

Take your garbage and turn it into a master piece with this fun activity!

Have you ever noticed how some flowers look perfect? This is not just a coincidence! Download this activity to learn about two types of symmetry found in flowers.

Have you ever noticed how some flowers look perfect? This is not just a coincidence, flowers look this way in order to attract more pollinators to them. Download this activity to learn about two types of symmetry found in flowers.

Did you know that the Central Coast is known for its birding? With this lesson, you will be able to learn the basics of birding!

Did you know that the Central Coast is known for its birding?
With this lesson, you will be able to learn the basics of birding!

Learn about some common mammals found in California with a fun word search!

Learn about some common mammals found in California with a fun word search!

Did you know that 28 billion pounds of plastic ends up in our ocean every year?! Learn more about plastic pollution with this activity!

Did you know that 28 billion pounds of plastic ends up in our ocean every year?! Learn more about plastic pollution and what you can do to reduce your waste with this activity!

Learn about the anatomy of a jellyfish and learn about some jellyfish you can see in the Pacific Ocean with this worksheet!

Learn about the anatomy of a jellyfish and learn about some jellyfish you can see in the Pacific Ocean with this worksheet!

Did you know that this plant commonly found here on the central coast is an invasive species? Learn more about  Carpobrotus edulis in this activity!

Did you know that this plant commonly found here on the central coast is an invasive species? Learn more about Carpobrotus edulis in this activity!

Teach your kids how to tell time using a sundial!

Teach your kids how to tell time using a sundial!

Interested in these gentle giants? Check out this activity to learn more about humpback whales!

Interested in these gentle giants? Check out this activity to learn more about humpback whales!

Teach your kids the lost art of writing letters with this interactive activity!

Teach your kids the lost art of writing letters with this interactive activity!

Learn about California Native bees and the anatomy of bees with this educational worksheet.

Learn about California Native bees and the anatomy of the bee with this educational worksheet.

Add some color to your garden and create a friendly attractive garden for the bees!

Add some color to your garden and create a friendly attractive garden for the bees!

Excavate a cookie like an archaeologist with this activity taken from the New York City Repository!

Excavate a cookie like an archaeologist with this activity taken from the New York City Repository!

Learn about how predators and prey are essential for a healthy ecosystem in this worksheet!

Learn about how predators and prey interact in a food web with this worksheet!

Ready to play a fun game with your kiddos. This game is a combination of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and "Tag".

Ready to play a fun game with your kiddos. This game is a combination of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and “Tag”.

Make your own felt succulent!

Make your own felt succulent!

Take a social distancing hike to the beach and compete with your family to ID and find the birds! Match four in a row to win!

Take a social distancing hike to the beach and compete with your family to ID and find the birds! Match four in a row to win!

Animal Tracks Identification Worksheet

Animal Tracks Identification Worksheet

Celebrate the Earth by recycling your toilet rolls and feeding the birds!

Celebrate the Earth by recycling your toilet rolls and feeding the birds!

Learn how to create your own plant press! Learn to identify plants in your own backyard and create beautiful art.

Learn how to create your own plant press! Learn to identify plants in your own backyard and create beautiful art.

Teach your children about Bats! Using our educational worksheet, teach your kids the facts about bats and the common misconceptions.

Teach your children about Bats! Teach your kids the facts about bats and the common misconceptions

Teach your kids about the animals that live in the tide pools.

Teach your kids about the animals that live in the tide pools.

Learn about the ancient Egyptian's religious practice of mummification, and practice mummification at home with our science experiment.

Learn about the ancient Egyptian’s religious practice of mummification, and practice mummification at home with our science experiment.

Teach your kids about he western widow, a native arachnid frequently seen on the Central Coast!

Teach your kids about he western widow, a native arachnid frequently seen on the Central Coast!

Get outside and help your children identify some common plants and animals using this interactive activity.

Get outside and help your children identify some common plants and animals using this interactive activity.

Teach your kids about the difference between Rainbow Trout and Steelhead Trout.

Teach your kids about the difference between Rainbow Trout and Steelhead Trout.

Learn about Sea Otters and how they have adapted to utilize tools to help hunt for food!

Learn about Sea Otters and how they have adapted to utilize tools to help hunt for food!

Looking for a fun activity to do with your kids at home? Check out the Time Capsule Activity to help your children process and document this unique period of time.

Looking for a fun activity to do with your kids at home? Check out the Time Capsule Activity to help your children process and document this unique period of time.

Learn about how scientists use tree rings to age trees

Learn about how scientists use tree rings to age trees

Print out this awesome illustration of the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly to teach your children about one of nature's most incredible transformations!

Print out this awesome illustration of the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly to teach your children about one of nature’s most incredible transformations!

Learn about the Gray Whale and its annual migration from the Arctic down to the lagoons in Baja.

Learn about the Gray Whale and its annual migration from the Arctic down to the lagoons in Baja.

Teach your kids about what makes a mammal unique!

Teach your kids about what makes a mammal so unique and different from other animals in the animal kingdom!

Learn about the anatomy of one of the most common household pests!

Learn about the anatomy of one of the most common household pests!

Get outside and learn about how every organsim is connected. This scavenger hunt will teach you kids about decomposers, producers, and consumers.

Get outside and learn about how every organsim is connected. This scavenger hunt will teach you kids about decomposers, producers, and consumers.

Learn about the anatomy of a flowering plant using the dissection guide!

Learn about the anatomy of a flowering plant!

Teach your kids about what it means to be a scientist.

Teach your kids about what it means to be a scientist with this interactive worksheet.

Can you identify the animals at Oso Flaco?

Can you identify the animals at Oso Flaco?