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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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?

Get creative and learn how to create a cinquain using this template.

Get creative and learn how to create a cinquain using this template.