Fun Facts

Student love “fun facts.”  These are the facts we include on each NBL topic that give life, love, amazement and even excitement to the subject.  These are facts that our students love to ask mom and dad: “did you know that the giraffe only has 7 neck bones…same as you.”   “But each of their neck bones is over a foot.”

Fun facts bring the topic alive, and we use fun facts in two ways.  First, we pepper some of these fun facts in each reading.  Second, we give a lot of fun facts and encourage NBL leaders to arm themselves with many fun facts before their nature session.  So, during down time or walking, our leader  can bring the topic alive with the fun facts.

Fun Facts:


  • 1 Tablespoon of soil has more organisms in it than there are people on earth.
  • 500 Minimum years it takes to form one inch of topsoil.
  • 5,000 Different types of bacteria in one gram of soil.


  • There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed. …
  • Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. …
  • Water regulates the Earth’s temperature


  •  An average American breathe 2 gallons of air per minute which means around 3400 gallons of air each day.
  •  Pollutants that are released into the air, as opposed to land and water pollutants, are the most harmful


  • 84% of a raw apple and 96% of a raw cucumber is water. …
  • A notch in a tree will remain the same distance from the ground as the tree grows


  • The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. …
  • Horses and cows sleep while standing up