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Explore our culture and find out why it’s good to be peculiar
Meet some talented Amazonians, see some of our unique spaces, and hear from some of our community partners.
Peculiar things
At Amazon, we pride ourselves on our peculiar culture. We express our creativity and talent through a variety of groups and programs, we work in unique spaces that encourage innovation, and we strive to develop meaningful partnerships with our community.

Ages 5-9

Up close and personal with bugs in The Spheres

How do you feel about bugs? Whether you think they’re gross or totally great, you might already know that some bugs, called pests, spell trouble for plants when they munch on them. But as you’ll learn in this video, other insects are garden heroes that come flying to the rescue.

Ages 4 and under, ages 5-9

Bringing the zoo to you: all about greater one-horned rhinos

Did you know that a fully grown rhinoceros can weigh up to 6,000 pounds? That’s about the weight of two cars!

Ages 4 and under, ages 5-9

Bringing the zoo to you: all about Virginia opossums

If you didn’t know much about these marvelous marsupials before, you’ll be an opossum professional after watching this video.

Ages 4 and under, ages 5-9

The story of Amazon's first office dog, Rufus

If you love pups, this video and mini coloring book are for you!

Ages 10-13

So, wait—some plants eat meat?

How can a plant that's just sitting in the ground catch a flying bug? As you’ll see in this video, plants that are carnivorous, which means meat-eating, have surprising and clever tricks they use to capture insects.

All ages

It’s DIY time! How to make stress-relief balls at home

In a matter of minutes, you and your kiddos can make a super-squishy stress ball that’s just as good as—if not better than—any you could buy. But be warned: The finished product is so fun and relaxing to play with, you may not want to put it down.

Ages 4 and under, ages 5-9

Bringing the zoo to you: all about tigers

With their gorgeous striped coats and powerfully large teeth, tigers are a regal sight to behold. Did you know that these wild cats can be trained to do special tricks? They’re happy to oblige, especially when there’s a spray bottle full of milk as a reward.

Ages 4 and under, ages 5-9

Bringing the zoo to you: all about the ambassador animals

At the Woodland Park Zoo, some of their most famous residents are known as “ambassadors.” That’s because they star in the zoo’s educational programs, offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the remarkable animals.

Ages 4 and under, ages 5-9

Bringing the zoo to you: all about bears

Did you know grizzlies and black bears can smell food from as far away as 20 miles? You better stow away your snacks (and watch this video to learn more fun facts)!

Ages 10-13, ages 14 and older

This wall is alive—for real!

It’s no wonder, then, how it got its name: the living wall. What you may wonder, though, is how something so massive and packed full of biodiversity ended up in the middle of Seattle. In this video from inside The Spheres, take a walk on the wild side to learn how this wall came to life.

Ages 10-13, ages 14 and older

Discover the beauty of geometry

With your own design and some fancy folding, a sheet of paper becomes a mesmerizing, three-dimensional structure.

All ages

Where the wild things are: inside Amazon’s incredible greenhouse

This is where many of Amazon’s thousands of plants first put down roots. Inside the greenhouse building, pineapples, bizarre meat-eating plants, rare orchids, vanilla flowers, tropical pitcher plants, cinnamon trees, and tons of other plants all grow under one roof.

Ages 10-13, ages 14 and older

Feeling restless? Try this 3-step series

Learn the basics of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.

Ages 5-9

Like butterflies? Here's how you can invite some over

If you’re up for a fun, backyard DIY project, we’ve got just the thing for you. With just a handful of supplies and a little patience, you can create a pollinator garden. Before long, you’ll have butterflies and bees buzzing nearby, thankful for the natural environment you helped cultivate for them and other pollinators.

All ages

Wander the cloud forest inside The Spheres

The Spheres are unlike any building you've seen. Named for their round geometric shape, The Spheres look like three bubbles stuck together when seen from the outside. What do they look like inside? Come take a peek!

Ages 14 and older

Art for a lifetime: Jerome T. White

This Cleveland-based artist models how to pursue a vision while giving back to your community.

Ages 4 and under, ages 5-9

It’s DIY time! How to make your very own sensory bag

This simple, low-mess project can be completed in minutes, and your kiddos will end up with a finished product that’ll keep ’em entertained all afternoon.

Ages 14 and older

Thinking about your future career? Here are some tips we use when hiring people at Amazon

Whether you’re planning for a fall internship or hoping to secure your first job, good interview skills are critical. Refine them with these tips.

Ages 14 and older

Jenny Han on the "All the Boys" movies, writing, and baking

Lara Jean's story is wrapping up, but the author behind it isn't slowing down.

All ages

Amazonians making beautiful music together

Tune in to hear performances by the talented musicians of the Amazon Symphony Orchestra and the Amazon Winds ensemble.

Ages 14 and older

A visit with “One of Us Is Lying” author Karen McManus

Likened to “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty Little Liars,” the page-turner “One of Us Is Lying” has a cult following among young adult readers. Years after her debut novel took up permanent residence on a variety of bestsellers lists, Karen McManus says seeing the overwhelming response feels “surreal still.”

Picture this: your ultimate dinner and dessert

What's for supper? Anything you want, in this easy collage project.

Make your own soft sculpture (there’s nothing hard about it!)

Stencil, stitch, stuff, and paint your way to creating a perfectly imperfect, unique-to-you, 3D work of art.

How to make your very own bead bracelet

Learn how to make a colorful and stretchy bracelet in just a few minutes, plus get tricks to make bracelet-beading easier for little or aching hands.

Sculpting with sugar: how sweet it is

You know those fancy birthday cakes that have perfectly shaped (and perfectly edible) flowers on top? It turns out, with just a few ingredients and a little handiwork, you can create your very own sugar flowers to decorate cupcakes, cakes, and other baked goodies.

An entirely different way to paint: watercolor monotype

This simple process (with simply stunning results) requires no past printmaking expertise. Instead, anyone can try their hand at creating a monotype masterpiece. Learn the basics via this 20-minute tutorial, and then let your imagination inspire you.

DIY fabric painting: wear your art on your sleeve

If you’ve already mastered painting on paper, why not show off your brush skills by creating artwork you can wear?

Watercolor painting offers a rainbow of possibilities

Every rainbow has seven colors, but this painting method gives you countless ways to personalize a very special art project.

Make a miniature living woodland village

What is this magical place? Bring a tiny village to life with a few basic materials that you can probably find out on a walk through your neighborhood.

Cooking with chef Tom Douglas: Let’s make pancakes

Calling all pint-size pancake lovers! Chef Tom Douglas and his helper Michaela are self-described “pancake professionals,” and they’re eager to share this recipe for the fluffiest flapjacks around.

How to make a miniature comic book

Picture this: a day in the life of you as a comics artist. In this project, your own characters will star in the bite-size book you create.

Use everyday items at home to create postcards—two ways

What does shaving cream have to do with snail mail? You're about to find out.

Create your own Carnival mask (part 2)

Every shape, no matter what it is, is a character waiting to happen.

Cooking with chef Tom Douglas: Let’s make pizza hand pies

The acclaimed Seattle-based chef and restaurateur teams up with his pal Michaela to whip up two different versions of a savory pastry that makes the perfect lunch.

Cooking with chef Tom Douglas: Let’s make baked macaroni and cheese

You really can’t go wrong with mac and cheese. Even the boxed variety is sure to elicit smiles. But if you want to be the culinary hero of your family dinner table, dish up this homemade version instead.

Cooking with chef Tom Douglas: Let’s make pot stickers

The renowned Seattle-based chef and restaurateur invites us into the kitchen to whip up a batch of shrimp and scallion pot stickers. His daughter Loretta, who stands in as sous-chef in this video tutorial, can’t help but chuckle as she recalls how her friends would react to the gourmet lunches her dad would pack for her back in elementary school.
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