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Mr. Vanderbilt’s Backyard Explorers


printable journal

William Vanderbilt was fascinated with the natural world. He traveled by ship around the world twice, visiting new places and collecting for his little museum. On these expeditions, he recorded the weather, his observations on diverse landscapes, and daily life on his ship.

You don’t have to leave home to enjoy nature and learn something new. Discoveries can be made on a nature walk or in your own backyard.

Mr. Vanderbilt’s Backyard Explorers is a set of activities that you can use in your outdoor explorations to make discoveries and memories. (This image, which you can download and print, is the cover for a journal you can finish coloring when as your first project).

We’d love to see what you discover and create. Send to and we’ll share on social media.

Go explore and have fun!








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