The Backyard Naturalist kit has everything you need to build and paint your own bird feeder.

Nature Activities & Kits

Discover the wonders of nature with nature-themed activities, science projects and kits from The Backyard Naturalist!

Here are just a few ideas (find detailed info below) to encourage and inspire a budding naturalist:

Live Butterfly Garden

Witness the magic of caterpillar metamorphosis with a unique hands-on live butterfly experience!

The Backyard Naturalist invites you to witness the magic of caterpillar metamorphosis with a unique hands-on live butterfly experience

The Live Butterfly Garden Kit includes:

  • Reusable, collapsible screen habitat with waterproof PVC fabric shell.
  • Feeder and complete instructions.
  • Mail-in coupon for 5 caterpillars and food. ($5.00 fee for processing)

Owl Puke Dissection Kit

What was once an owl’s feast is now a world of discovery! With each totally sanitized pellet, a child can reconstruct real skeletons.

The Backyard Naturalist has Owl Puke! Dissect a sanitized pellet to reconstruct the Owl's meal... reassemble a real skeleton! Includes instructions, magnifying glass and a magnificent pellet of Owl puke!Each kit comes with two real pellets, magnifying glass, wood dissection stick and a work mat with bone sorting chart. A surprise in every pellet — just plain fun!

For ages 8 and up.


The Backyard Naturalist  Critter Cabin is a little screened house (and not a metal cage) for insects, allowing your child close observation of insect life, like lightning bugs, fireflies, grasshoppers, crickets and others.

Critter Cabin

Observe up close and learn about the insects you catch (and later release!) outdoors.
A handy carry strap makes it easy to take along on a backyard safari!
Size: 8″ X 6″ X 6.5″
Ages 5 and up

Build-a-Wren-House-Kit

Build a Wren House Kit

Build your own Wren house and host a Wren or even a Chickadee or Titmouse family in the Spring!

  • Comes with easy assembly instructions.
  • Metal hanging cable.

Build & Paint Your Own Wild Bird Feeders & Houses

Build and paint your own bird feeder or bird house using the included pre-cut wood pieces, nails, glue and hanging hardware.

Comes with 4 paint pots and paintbrush.

The Backyard Naturalist kits have everything you need to build and paint your own bird feeder.

The Backyard Naturalist kits has everything you need to build and paint your own bird feeder or houses.