Earn-Your-Way-Back

COVID-19 Update (05/24/21)

The safety of our youth participants and volunteers is of utmost importance to us. We’re following all Nova Scotia COVID-19 Public Health safety measures, and have developed an adapted list of Earn-Your-Way-Back activities that can be completed from home, and while practicing social distancing. Choose any of the options listed below. If you completed an Earn-Your-Way-Back activity for Summer 2020, you do not have to complete another one this year.


What does Earn-Your-Way-Back mean?

Our Earn-Your-Way-Back initiative ONLY applies to girls+ who have participated in an in-person Terranaut Club program before and want to come back again. Submitting an Earn-Your-Way-Back activity DOES NOT guarantee you will be chosen for your first choice program. Please keep in mind you still need to be nominated for programs by an adult that knows you well.

The point of our Earn-Your-Way-Back initiative is to make sure that participants are taking what they’ve learned from our programs to heart and are applying the lessons in their everyday lives! We have many example activities listed below, but you’re also welcome to think of your own. After completing an activity, come back to this page to submit your short report.

Example Activities

  1. Showcase your artistic skills and create a STEM-inspired illustration. Options for this include a scientific illustration of an organism or habitat, a sketch of a woman in science, or another STEM inspired scene. Provide a description to accompany your illustration by telling what inspired you to draw your illustration and why. If you choose to draw a certain woman in science, include some of their major accomplishments in your description.
  2. Reading is power! Choose a STEM-themed novel, audiobooks are also welcome, and read/listen with intent. Book choices can range from scientific non-fiction about a topic of interest, biographies/autobiographies of an individual involved in STEM, or any other STEM-related novel. Reflect on what you learned in your earn-your-way-back report, and include a picture of the book cover when you submit.
  3. Write an e-mail/letter to a female scientist asking them about their career or thanking them for their work (this can be a scientist you know or that you’ve seen on the Internet). Include a copy of your letter with your earn-your-way-back report, and keep us posted with any responses you receive!
  4. Leave it better than you left it! Choose an area, like a beach, park, trail, or other public space, and conduct your own environmental clean-up! Invite some friends and/or family, don’t forget to use gloves and be careful of sharp objects! If it looks dangerous, ask an adult to pick it up for you. Document your clean-up with pictures, and/or a reflection on where you went and what you were able to collect. Include this with your earn-your-way-back report.
  5. Get outside! Create a week-long, Monday-Sunday schedule for yourself, penciling-in at least one outdoor activity for yourself for each day of the week. Your activities should take a minimum of 30-minutes each, and can extend for as long as you want! Be sure to also include the projected weather forecast for each day, so that you know what types of activities will be suitable for the weather. Acceptable activities could include going for a walk, enjoying a swim in a pool or at the beach, foraging safely in your local environment, hanging/playing outside with friends/family, gardening, helping a parent with lawn work, enjoying time outside with a pet etc. Include a picture or copy of your schedule with your earn-your-way-back report, and reflect on how your week went in your report.
  6. Design your own infographic to raise awareness for a topic of interest. This can include an infographic on a threatened species, a specific conservation concern, or for a STEM-related cause such as why it’s important to support opportunities for women in STEM! Infographics combine images and facts to deliver information to the public. See examples by Googling “Environmental Infographic”. Possible online programs to support your design include Canva, PowerPoint, and Pictochart. You may also design your infographic by hand! Include a copy of your infographic with your earn-your-way-back report.
  7. Design and build a wildlife structure that helps support local flora and fauna populations. Examples of structures include building and installing a bat-box or bird house, designing your own pollinator garden with native vegetation, building a small shelter for local feral cat communities, among other options. Document your design and installation process with pictures to support your work, and monitor your structure for any wildlife activity. Reflect on how your structure supported any wildlife in your area in your Earn-Your-Way-Back report.
  8. Explore your natural environment! Grab a couple friends or family members and go on a nature hike to explore the local flora and fauna in the area. Don’t forget your field guides or naturalist apps (like iNaturalist, Seek, eBird) so that you can identify some of the plants and animals you encounter. Keep track of what you can identify and submit a list with your collection of at least 5 observations with your earn-your-way-back report.

How to complete your activity:

  1. Pick an activity from the list above and ask your parent/guardian for permission. If you think of an activity that isn’t listed, send us an e-mail at terranautclub@gmail.com to get approval. If you’ve done an Earn-Your-Way-Back activity in a past year, you have to pick a new one this year!
  2. Complete your activity and make sure that you either have someone take photos of you doing it, or include a copy of your activity in your report.
  3. Fill out the activity report Google Form linked below and submit it it to us by June 14th, and send any additional materials, like presentations and pictures, to our email.

Activity Report

Fill out the following Google Form, and email us at terranautclub@gmail.com with any additional materials, such as presentations, infographics, pictures etc., required for the specific Earn-Your-Way-Back activities listed above.


Instructor and Board Member Emma watches as participant Maura pulls a fish trap from the saltwater pond on Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia, during our Intermediate Wildlife Conservation program in July 2019.
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