Grades 6-8

Barn Owls on the Side of the Road

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Barn Owls on the Side of the Road

The discovery of many dead barn owls lying around the highway peaked this young naturalist’s curiosity. See what he learned when from his investigation.

From the Desert to the Subalpine Forest

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

From the Desert to the Subalpine Forest

This young naturalist used a trip to the Grand Canyon to test her hypothesis: the higher the elevation, the greater the number of species of flora that would be present.

Trails in the Snow: The Effects of Reforestation on Mammal Distribution in the Baraboo Hills

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Trails in the Snow: The Effects of Reforestation on Mammal Distribution in the Baraboo Hills

The first snowfalls of winter have transformed the landscape into a pristine, silent, unscathed world. The sounds of birds and animals that are so casual in other seasons are now magnified by silence. The bark of a squirrel is crisp and suspended in time, like the lingering imprint her paws leave on the snow.  Winter is the invigorating cold, the silent struggles for survival, the stories written by paws and hooves on the snow; small details that could easily not be noticed.

Make Your Own Paper

Make Your Own Paper

Today we take paper for granted, but it was once a treasured item. Discover this ancient secret by making your own paper using everyday items! 

One-on-One with the Sun

One-on-One with the Sun

Crack reporter Stella Stardust holds another cosmic celebration, this time with the Sun. Meet the medium-sized star with a big following. 

The Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way Galaxy

If you think of the entire galaxy as a giant pizza, all the stars you can see from Earth fall within about one pepperoni on that pizza. Find out more fun details about the Milky Way Galaxy. 

In Pictures: Flamingos

In Pictures: Flamingos

Travel to Laguana Grande, Argentina, with the Museum's associate director of biodiversity for an up-close look at flamingos in South America.

Meet the OLogist: Felicity Arengo

Meet the OLogist: Felicity Arengo

From "What do you most enjoy about your work as a scientist?" to "What's your favorite kids book?", find out how conservation biologist Felicity Arengo answered kids' questions 

In Pictures: Journey to the Stars

In Pictures: Journey to the Stars

In the Milky Way Galaxy alone, there are hundreds of billions of stars. But that hasn't always been the case... Take a look at the life cycle of stars in this photo gallery.

In Pictures: Climate Change

In Pictures: Climate Change

Burning fossil fuels like coal and oil provide the energy that we need … but also contribute to climate change. Find out more about Earth's warming climate, its consequences, and what we can do.

In Pictures: Fossils

In Pictures: Fossils

What was Earth like millions of years ago? Explore fossil evidence about our planet’s past to discover how different Earth once looked. 

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