Virtual Early Explorers

Virtual Early Explorers is a growing activity resource for parents and caregivers to lead their own exploration, sensory, and craft activities at home. We believe young children learn best through hands-on exploration, and these activities are not intended as computer time (except for occasional links to optional educational videos). While we cannot provide in-person programs at the museum at this time, we hope you will find these activities helpful to continue exploring with your children.

Early Explorers activities are designed for children 5 and under (with adult), but are adaptable to other ages.

September's theme is Berries!

September 11-17, 2021

Grizzly bear foraging for berries. Text says UAMN Early Explorers Hunt & Find Berry Bear.

Stuffed bear with paper depicting pictures of Alaskan berries.

Extend your explorations with at-home Early Explorers berry activities:

A child holds a paintbrush over a watercolor painting of a grass basket. An adult also holding a paintbrush leans over the child.
Design a Grass Basket

Make a Paper Blueberry Basket or Pie

PreK-2 lesson links(from UAF Winterberry)

Presented in partnership with the UAF Winterberry project, funded from the National Science Foundation, award 1713156.


Choose a Theme!




Download Tips and Ideas for Early Explorers At Home!


We welcome your feedback! Please share your pictures, videos, comments, or thoughts with us via email: or on the museum's Facebook pageWe look forward to hearing from you!

Image Credits:
Berries & Marine Mammals: UAMN, Jennifer Arseneau.
Exploration:  Mojca J on Pixabay.

Solar System:  UAMN, Gail Priday.
Water:  June Admiraal on Unsplash.
Music: Alireza Attari on Unsplash.
All others: UAMN, Elisabeth Padilla.