Learn About Nature and Wildlife: Free Online Resources

I’ve put together a list of 5 of my favourite places to learn about nature and wildlife. These websites, social media accounts, and YouTube videos help translate science in ways that are easy for everyone to understand. I hope that you find enjoyment from some of them!

Learn more about nature! This image contains three black icons on a yellow background. The first is binoculars, then a tree, and finally a turtle.

1. The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things is a Canadian television series about nature and technology hosted by David Suzuki. The show is on its 58th season and many episodes are free to stream online. If there’s a topic you are interested in, I’m sure you can find it!

If you are new to the show, I suggest beginning with “The Wild Canadian Year.” This series shows how our natural landscapes change throughout the seasons and how animals adapt to the extreme changes in weather. Also, if you are interested in landscape and wildlife videography, check out their making of segment. It gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the patience and perseverance needed to film wildlife.

2. Wild_Life with Bertie Gregory

I love Wild_Life with Bertie Gregory and wish there were more episodes. In this series, National Geographic teams up with wildlife cameraman Bertie Gregory to film and teach us about various animals. Bertie’s sense of humour and knowledge about zoology makes the show a great watch.

I highly recommend the mini-series where Bertie tracks down coastal wolves on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The footage is beautiful and we learn a lot about Vancouver Island’s ecosystem and its inhabitants including bears, bald eagles, sea otters, sea lions, whales, and salmon. The series is 16 videos and each one is about 4 – 7 minutes long.

3. The Slow Mo Guys

The Slow Mo Guys have created a few really cool videos capturing the behaviour of animals in slow motion. Check out their videos on the movement of birds and reptiles. The slow motion really helps you to appreciate these animals’ peculiar adaptations.

I loved learning about the golden eagle’s eyelid. In slow motion, you really get to see the membrane as it closes around the eye. It’s extraordinary. Also cool is seeing the tongue of a parson’s chameleon as it engulfs a cricket. It’s like watching something out of a sci-fi horror film. Seriously, you have to check these videos out!

4. Lesley the Bird Nerd

Interested in birds? Lesley’s Youtube Channel teaches us about birds from her home in Newfoundland, Canada. You’ll learn about blue jays, chickadees, nuthatches, gray jays, cedar waxwings, falcons, crows, and other birds common to North America.

Ever wonder why blue jays are blue? How birds stay warm in the winter? Or, how the American robin got its name? Lesley has the answer to these questions and many more. Some of my favourite videos are the ones where she teaches us to identify and interpret bird songs and calls.

5. BBC Earth

BBC Earth has a great social media presence and some online resources to help you learn more about the planet. Check out their Twitter and Instagram pages for videos, photos, and helpful captions. They team up with young zoologists, conservationists, and wildlife filmmakers to make captivating and interactive Instagram stories. Their websites also have some resources, check out this video from their Blue Planet series which shows the incredible strength of the clownfish.

Let me know in the comments section if you have any other suggestions for online resources that can help us learn about nature! 🙂 You can also check out my other recommendation posts. I have a post on children’s books about nature and Instagram accounts by women who chronicle their outdoor adventures.

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