Our furry friends of the forest are scientifically the closest to human beings. Some mammals are cute and cuddly, some are secretive and growly, but all have a special home and deserve our respect. Tracking critters and their habitats throughout the woods can be loads of fun. And don’t worry about those bats—they’re actually really cool!
Search for mammal tracks and try to guess what the animal was doing...and where it was going. Go here for help.
Make your own Animal Tracks Twister.
Play Animal Charades- One person acts out a specific mammal and another has to guess what it is.
What to Read
Learn a little more about mammals while curling up with a good book.
- Call of the Wild by Jack London
- When it Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator
- In the Woods: Who’s Been Here by Lindsay Barrett George
- Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- Bear-ly There by Rebeka Raye
- Bears Barge In by Joni Sensel and Chris Bivins
- Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
- In the Snow: Who’s Been Here by Lindsay Barrett George
- Peterson First Guide to Mammals of North America
- Peterson First Guide to Urban Wildlife
- Guide to the Mammals of Pennsylvania
- Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species
- Stokes Guide to Animal Tracking and Behavior
Other Cool Pages
The Pa. Game Commission – learn all about mammals
White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Exploring Careers Outdoors (ECO) Camp – If you’re a high school and are interested in a career in the natural sciences or conservation ECO Camp is for you. You’ll meet and get to interact with professionals; such as foresters, wildlife biologists, geologists and many others; all while recreating in beautiful state parks. You’ll also be able to choose a mentor. The mentor can help connect you to future camp, volunteer or job opportunities, they could write a letter of recommendation for college or even help you navigate the state hiring process. Apply today!
Become a citizen scientist! A citizen scientist is someone just like you, who observe nature, record what they see and then share their information with researchers and professional scientists. The scientists then use your information, and information from thousands of other people, to answer important questions like ‘Are blooming earlier in the spring than they did 10 years ago?’ Use a link below to get started.
Make your backyard a home for mammals
Become a conservation volunteer