Explore the Outdoors with PBS KIDS in April! #PBSKidsVIP

One of the things that I was looking for before we built our home, was a house with a backyard, and a great walkable neighborhood. We found it when we moved into this community, one by choice, and the other by default. EVERYONE seems to walk in our neighborhood, but they always have a focus on getting wherever they are going. The Nicholeses do things a wee bit differently. We love going on Nature Walks and exploring what’s around us. Lil Miss is a HUGE proponent of really heading outside to explore the outdoors and examining our habitat and checking out what makes it unique and what makes it similar. 

PBS KIDS’ annual “Explore the Outdoors” initiative kicks off on April 10th with a week of new episodes from WILD KRATTS and NATURE CAT! It’s an Earth Month celebration as the STEM focused shows encourage families to head outside and explore what’s in their own backyard.

Explore the Outdoors

Kids can continue the discovery within their community as more than 30 local PBS member stations will be hosting Earth Month-related events such as lessons on local ecology to urban hiking and biking trails. For even more hands-on learning activities, families can explore the activities and materials available on PBS PressRoom.

New digital content includes WILD KRATTS’ “Aviva’s Eel-ectric Challenge,” a game that teaches kids about electromagnetic fields with electric eels. The game is available on pbskids.org and on the free PBS KIDS Games app. Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors app is also available for download on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors Program Details & Air Dates (check local listings)

Explore the Outdoors with PBS KIDS


“Archerfish School”

Premieres April 10, streaming April 10

When the Kratt Bros meet a school of Archerfish, they are taught the secret of “water droplet” archery from an Archerfish named Arrow. Soon, they are using this newly learned skill to infiltrate Donita Donata’s yacht and rescue the baby animals she has been capturing for her newest high-end fashion line.


“This Orca Likes Sharks”

Premieres April 11; streaming April 14

The Kratt Bros discover a message in a bottle telling them about an wily old orca who eats only large sharks. They find this hard to believe, so with the help of Aviva’s Dolphin Decoder, modified to speak Orca, the Wild Kratts go in search of the orca who likes sharks!


“Baby Tooth & Kid Musky”

Premieres April 12, streaming April 21

When the Wild Kratts begin to talk about predator and prey, the Kratt Bros decide to split up to investigate the lives of being a predator and a prey. But when they each befriend a young member of their respective groups and the groups collide, the gang must struggle to figure out how they react in a true battle for survival.


“Cheetah Adopted”

Premieres April 13; streaming April 28

Martin and Chris are creature adventuring on the African savannah when they encounter a warthog mom and her piglets. But they notice something odd. One of the piglets is the cheetah cub Spotswat! It’s up to the Kratt Bros to find out why this cub has been adopted into the warthog family and to reunite him with his mother, Blur.


“Musk Ox Mania”

Premieres April 14; streaming May 5

When Chris realizes that his precious creature souvenir collection is missing, the gang must travel back to the Arctic to find it. But the Arctic is now covered in a thick layer of ice and snow, so they’ll need the help of a special Arctic creature — the musk ox — and its creature powers to find it.

Explore Outdoors with PBS Kids


“Spring Hunter 3000/The Case of the Missing Moon”

Premieres April 10, streaming April 10

“Spring Hunter 3000” − Spring has sprung! And it’s now time for Daisy’s favorite online game: Spring Hunter 3000! The goal of the game is to try to find as many signs of spring as possible: birds, flowers, you name it. The more you find, the more points you earn. And whoever gets the most points is deemed the queen or king of spring! Oh yeah! Oh yeah!


“The Case of the Missing Moon” − Hal is so so so sad! When he went to howl at the moon, as he does every night, the moon was gone! But that’s impossible! How does a moon just disappear? There has to be a logical explanation, right? Can Nature Cat and his pals find the missing moon? Or will Hal’s nightly howls come to an end for good?


“Mighty Mountain Climbers/Bug Eating Plants!”

Premieres April 11; streaming April 14

“Mighty Mountain Climbers” − On a dare from Ronald, Nature Cat and his pals try to climb all the way up to The Mighty Mountain Peak. They get all the supplies they need and head out, led by Nature Cat. But they soon find out that hiking up a mountain is hard and poses many problems, no matter how prepared you are. Will they make it all the way to the peak?!


“Bug Eating Plants!” − A super-excited Squeeks shows her brand-new, homemade comic “Bug Eating Plants of the Swamp!” to her pals. As Squeeks begins to read the story, we see this action-packed adventure played out, as tiny Nature Cat, Hal, Daisy and Squeeks must make their way through the swamp while trying to stay away from the Bug Eating Plants, which proves difficult for Tiny Hal! 


“Flight of the Firefly/Thunderstruck”

Premieres April 12, streaming April 21

“The Flight of the Firefly” − While looking for fireflies in the backyard, Hal catches one so the gang can look closely at it and watch it glow. Hal names the firefly George and promises to watch it and hug it and then set it free, which he does, but for some reason George doesn’t want to fly away and hangs around Hal. George seems to have something on his mind. Since no one can communicate with a firefly, they call in Houston. With the help of his firefly communicator, they find out that George is lost and needs help finding the Firefly Fiesta!


“Thunderstruck” − It’s Nature Scrapbook Day today! Nature Cat and his pals are out in nature, taking photos, drawing pictures and collecting various properties of nature to put in their nature scrapbook. Suddenly, a thunderstorm causes the gang to seek shelter in Hal’s doghouse. As Nature Cat and his friends learn, thunderstorms are nothing to be scared of. They also are able to see the beauty of thunderstorms, which become the last entry in their scrapbook.


“Plants Got the Moves/Magnet Mania”

Premieres April 13; streaming April 28

“Plants Got the Moves” − Daisy has being getting ready for months for the Animal Science Fair, which occurs later in the woods. Man-oh-man is Daisy ready with her terrific exhibit, which shows how bean seeds grow. But before going to the fair, a gust of wind knocks over her science fair project, ruining it. Daisy needs help to try to find another science project to exhibit at the Animal Science Fair and finds inspiration from an unlikely source: plants that move!


“Magnet Mania” − Ever hear of Ole’ Lucky the Lodestone? Well, it’s only the world’s biggest magnetic rock, which can attract things with iron in them, and the final destination for the gang’s celebration of Magnet Mania! But there is one problem: how do they go north to get to Ole’ Lucky when they have no compass?


“Return to Mighty Mountain/Welcome to the Vernal Pond”

Premieres April 14; streaming May 5

“Return to Mighty Mountain” − There is no giving up for Nature Cat and his pals. After failing to reach the peak of the Mighty Mountain, they are going to try to hike all the way up again! But this time, they have a surprise: help from an unlikely, yet extremely experienced, mountain climber to guide them – Granny Bunny!


“Welcome to the Vernal Pond” − While playing in the woods, Nature Cat and his pals come across Fern, a spotted salamander who just happens to be pregnant and ready to give birth! But she needs help getting to the safest spot in the woods to have her babies, the vernal pond. Nature Cat knows these woods like the back of his hand, yet he has never heard of or seen the vernal pond. Fern cannot wait to show them why!

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    April 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    We love PBS, they always have great shows… not only for kids but adults as well. Our girls always liked shows about science and animals so this would have been great for them when they were younger.

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    April 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    My kids love Wild Kratts! We haven’t seen the Nature Cat show on PBS yet, but now I will be on the lookout. It sounds like one we would all enjoy.

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    Diane Hoffmaster
    April 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I am all for encouraging kids to explore the outdoors and PBS is a huge favorite of mine. My kids would have loved these when they were younger.

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    April 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    This list is great! Thanks for the heads-up on new PBS shows. My kids love PBS.

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    April 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    My niece and nephews LOVE Wild Kratts! It’s one of their favorite shows. They’re definitely going to enjoy these new episodes!

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    May 3, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you, Natasha! My elder kids are in love with PBS. Wild Kratts – is great.

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    May 12, 2017 at 8:45 am

    So great that you have such a strong drive to keep the kids entertained and loving the outdoors. We could so do with the same initiative in our area. We hike together as a family and it helps create and maintain a great bond.

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