July and August: Go Outside!

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Get outside this summer!

We’ve compiled the ultimate summer checklist for you, MPM-style.

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"Hop to It" Clue Crew

Bring Clue Crew to the Museum to learn more about the different frogs found throughout our exhibits. Members receive this Clue Crew via email.

Not a member yet? Get access to Clue Crew and other perks when you join today! Your membership supports the Museum while giving you special benefits. Click here for details. 

Family Resources
Be a Bug Detective

Arthropods and insects are amazing survivors and an important part of our local ecosystem. Download our Insect Observation sheet to learn more about what makes these critters so unique and interesting. Then, head outside to make your own scientific insect observations. 


Butterfly Garden

Habitat loss and pollution have greatly impacted butterfly populations throughout the world. Support our local butterfly community by creating your very own butterfly garden! Download our Butterfly Garden Tips and Tricks sheet to find out what our "flutterfly" friends need in order to flourish.


Discover the Reefs of Old Milwaukee

The Milwaukee area has been populated for a long time. In fact, for more than 400 million years! Download our map of regional geographic sites where you can find evidence of our past history as an equatorial tropical reef.


DIY Constellations

Is your nightly bedtime routine keeping you from viewing the magnificent summer constellations? No worries, we’ve got the fix for you! Download our Flashlight Constellations tutorial to create and view your own constellation creations whenever you choose.


Identify Leaves

At MPM, we hope to inspire you to be curious about the natural world. Next time you are outside, bring MPM’s Leaf Identification booklet with you and explore the leaves you see. What types of trees will you find in your neighborhood?

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Nature Haiku

Soak up the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Then, write a haiku poem about the nature that exists just outside your doorstep! 

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Nature Yoga Flow

Have a few moments of fun and movement with your child! Use our MPM Kids Yoga Flow to stretch your muscles while learning about plant and animal bodies and how they may move. 

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Picnic like an Egyptian

So, Egypt’s not in your vacation plans? You may not be visiting the mysterious land of mummies and pyramids this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like they did in the time of the pharaohs. Download our menu for an authentic Ancient Egyptian picnic!

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Write a Nature Story

Looking for a new adventure in the outdoors on a sunny summer day? Find a friend to take a nature walk with you, then write your own story describing the sights and sounds of the natural world.

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Special Event
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Stop by MPM's Kadish Courtyard in the afternoon on International Nelson Mandela Day, July 18 for fun in-person activities outdoors!