02: The Nature Issue

In nature, you can discover a world of wonder.

Girls, 5 to 12, who like to be outside

Highlights: Make a DIY juice box camera; build a treehouse pulley; read a comic about the first women forest service field officer; turn the world into your playground; do a banana peel science experiment; go on a backyard scavenger hunt, learn to draw a protector monster from Emil Ferris. Plus: a color-by-dot, a maze, a secret code and more.

Featured experts: anthropologist Jane Goodall, photographer Catherine Opie, bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, artist Polly Apfelbaum, biologist Lynn Adler, chef Melba Wilson, physicist Whitney Ingram, environmental scholar Elin Kelsey, cartoonist Emil Ferris, composter Rebecca Louie, magician Tanya Solomon, environmental scientist Emily Burns, parkour instructor Alexa Marcigliano 

Short story contributor: National Book Award winner Polly Horvath

Comic contributor: Eisner winner Rosemary Valero-O'Connell