A microhabitat is a small area that differs from the surrounding habitat. Its unique conditions may be home to species that may not be found in the larger area.
Let’s Get Started
Microhabitats can be temporary pools of water or puddles, a decomposing log, under rocks, leaf litter, or the interior of an ant bed.
See what kinds of microhabitats you can find in your area.
Safety note: Always have an adult with you when heading out on a search for wildlife. Be careful not to disturb any habitats you find, and always observe wildlife from an appropriate distance. Be sure to lift any logs or rocks slowly and gently place them back down. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
Document Your Discoveries
- Sketch and describe the different microhabitats you find in your Nature Notebook.
- List the kinds of plants and wildlife you find.
Bonus: Show us your microhabitat drawings and photos on social media by using the hashtag #GreenHour.