Project Ideas Project Guide Ask An Expert Blog Science Careers Teachers Parents Students

Hack Your Backyard: Discover a World of Outside Fun with Science Buddies

Science Buddies' Outdoor STEM Activities in a Book!

Hack Your Backyard--Discover a World of Outside Fun with Science Buddies

All sorts of amazing things are going on just outside your door!

With this fun book, created in partnership by author/photographer Niki Ahrens, Lerner Publishing Group, and Science Buddies, you can explore the science in your own backyard. Step-by-step instructions and detailed photos help you learn to tell the temperature by a cricket's chirp, study the stars, find hidden colors in leaves, and more!

Hack Your Backyard will be available in January 2019 from Lerner Publishing Group. You can pre-order your copy at

Keep on exploring outdoor science with these fun projects. If you love the outdoors and science, don't miss the career highlights below to learn about scientists and engineers who are in the outdoors as part of their day-to-day jobs!

Discover More Backyard Fun with these Projects!

Looking for more fun projects to do in your backyard, or at least outside? No problem! Give these a try:

Bug Vacuums: Sucking Up Biodiversity project -- beetle image
Make a homemade bug vacuum to collect insects from your backyard. How many types of insects can you find?
Hummingbird Food Favorites
Set up sweet and colorful feeders to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Which feeders do they like best?
Making Sun Prints
Create your own sun prints out of special paper and sunlight. How does using a colored filter change the image?
Taking Directions from Moss - tree trunk
Examine the moss on a tree. Can you use the way it grows as a compass to find out what direction to travel?

Searching for a project that is just perfect for you? Browse our STEM Activities.

Love the Outdoors - Find Out About Scientists and Engineers Who Work Outside

Maybe you think of science jobs as being done indoors. If so and you liked the projects in this book, you might be wondering if it is possible to have an outdoors science job. It is! Lots of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs involve spending time inside and outside. Check out these examples:

Geologist- STEM career
Geoscientists spend time outdoors gathering samples and data about the Earth then analyzing them in the lab.
Wildlife Biologist - STEM Career
Wildlife biologists may spend weeks at a time on field trips to gather data about animals in remote places.
Surveyor - STEM Career
Surveyors are sometimes outside all day measuring the boundaries of a piece of land or section of river.
Park Ranger - STEM career
Park rangers spend many hours outside keeping visitors, nature, and wildlife safe in state or national parks.

Explore even more jobs on our STEM Careers pages.