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Science and nature

Whether you are stuck indoors or can run around in the garden there are still lots of things you can discover at home.

Tips on growing plants at home from our Parks team

If you are looking to try out some new gardening skills then you don't need lots of fancy equipment. In between planting up this years hanging baskets they have come up with some ideas to help you grow vegetables at home. Our growing plants at home page has lots of tips to help you grow tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and more at home. The great thing is you don't need packets of seed to do this. 

More science and nature activities

Some of our ideas will help you learn indoors and others will have you trying new skills outside.

You don't have to leave your house to enjoy forests with some great activities from Forestry England. There are also outdoor activities to test your maths skills, a family newsletter for more ideas and new activities on their Facebook page.

Natural Resources Wales also have lots of resources that will help you look at nature in a new way. Topics include trees, water, animals and biodiversity, natural senses and maths outdoors. Covering primary and secondary school ages there is lots to help you learn and have fun.

Earth Live Lessons has been launched to bring 20 minute wildlife talks to your homes over the next few weeks. There is a wide range of topics being covered and talks will continue until 6 May. You can watch it live on Youtube and ask questions, or if you miss the live broadcast all of their videos can be found on their Youtube channel.

Lewis Matheson is a former physics teacher who tweets as @legophysicsguy. He is running online lessons everyday for GCSE and A level physics students. With live streaming lessons every day it's ideal for students who want some revision or ae just interested in learning a bit more about the subject.

Calling future astronauts, start your training early with NASA's stay at home activities. With stuff to make, do, play and try out you can learn what it is like in space, test your logic skills and find out what it takes to get people into space.

You can also travel into space with the European Space Agency. Explore the stars from your sofa and take part in some citizen science. The ESA have dedicated kids and educations websites as well so while you maybe stuck on earth, your imagination can explore planets, stars and galaxies. 

If you are interested in wild animals then there are lots of things you can try out, from learning about endangered species to visiting animals online. WWF have lots of things to do at home. Activities, chances to learn and things to make you smile can all be found on their website.

Visit Chester Zoo via Facebook. While the zoo is closed the keepers are doing live tours and introducing their animals on Facebook. If you miss a live tour you can watch it back later. With new babies arriving you never know what you might see.

More animals are being introduced at Blair Drummond Safari park in Scotland. You can meet the animals live on facebook each day, find out more about them and how they are looked after.

Wildlife adventurer Steve Backshall has been answering questions in a live Q and A on Youtube. You can catch up on what happened and keep an eye out for more coming soon.

Try out some experimenting with Techniquest's Daily Demos. You can watch them on their website and try some of them at home. Some of them will use ingredients you can only find at Techniquest while others use ingredients you can find in your house. 

With activities to learn more about nature and practical things to make to help wildlife in your garden the Woodland Trust can help. There are a range of things for both indoors and outdoors that make learning fun.

With all your new nature knowledge you can sign up for the Wildlife Trust's 30 Days Wild. You can sign up for a resource pack to part in their annual nature challenge, one for each day of June. There are activities for families, schools and groups, businesses and care homes.

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