Nature Cat, a popular PBS Kids series and co-production of Spiffy Pictures and WTTW, encourages kids to get outside and discover the incredible things they can find in their backyards and beyond, all the while inspiring them to engage with nature and science. So it makes perfect sense for Spiffy and WTTW to team up with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana to create a new Nature Cat Explorer Patch.
To earn the patch, aspiring Nature Cat Explorers must complete an activity in four different areas, each tied to a different character from the series. To explore nature with Nature Cat, they can keep a wildlife journal, make musical instruments out of natural items, discover how seeds are dispersed, or make a nature greeting card. Girl Scouts can join Daisy in scientific exploration by completing daily adventures via the Nature Cat app, turning melting ice into art, and investigating the power of the wind. Squeeks will teach about environmentalism and conservation with recycling, composting, and zero-waste tips. And Hal will help girls learn about animals from butterflies to birds to those that leave tracks.
The Explorer Patch comes around the same time as a new Nature Cat exhibit that will open at the Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago in August before traveling the country, another way in which Nature Cat is leaping to life––and some requirements of the patch can be fulfilled there, too!