Archive Post: Nature Study With Very Young Children

With so many new readers of the Handbook of Nature Study blog, I think it is fitting to share one of my posts that lives in my Archives. This is one of my favorite all time entries that shares a glimpse into how our family got started with nature study. I hope you are encouraged and inspired to get outside with your children this season. Click the graphic button below or the link highlighted below to find the post.


Nature Study With Very Young Children: This post gives you some insight into how we incorporated nature study into our family when we had toddlers and preschoolers running around. There are experiences from our family and some practical tips for getting started with simple but meaningful nature study with very young children. I miss having little guys around to adventure around the yard with and to share their enthusiasm at new things. Don’t miss reading the article!

HNS Newsletter July 2017 cover

Have you downloaded your free newsletter for July 2017 yet? Make sure to do so before the link expires on 8/1/17. If you aren’t a subscriber yet, follow the instructions in this entry to get your newsletter: Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter – July 2017 Birds.

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Outdoor Hour Challenge – Summer Hummingbirds

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From the Archives and in the More Nature Study – Summer Ebook

Also, there is a hummingbird nature study in the new Learning About Birds ebook.

This is a favorite nature study topic for so many families. If you have a hummingbird feeder, you can’t help but fall in love with these sweet nectar-seeking birds. They’re so colorful and graceful and so enjoyable to watch. You can’t help but be amazed at the speed at which hummingbirds flap their wings and fly up, down, and all around.

Use the ideas in this archive nature study to learn more about hummingbirds from the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock and the internet links provided. Follow up with a nature journal entry.

You can read about our summer hummingbird study from 2012 here: Summer Hummingbirds.



Learning About Birds ebook Bird List @handbookofnaturestudy

How do you get the new Learning About Birds ebook?

Members of the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey levels have access to the new ebook in their library. You need to click the “Members Area” button at the top of the website, sign into your account, and the ebook is there to download and safe for your family to use when desired.

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If you don’t have a membership yet, I am offering a $5 off discount code that will be good towards your Ultimate Naturalist membership.

Discount Code: BIRDLOVER5


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Outdoor Mom’s Nature Goal Update – 2nd Quarter 2017

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Nature Study Goals 2017 – 2nd Quarter Update

Here is a recap of my goals and the progress I’ve made in accomplishing them during the second quarter.  You can read my thoughts on reflection at the bottom of the post.

  • Create monthly entries for my Outdoor Mom experiences as I share our nature studies using the Outdoor Hour Challenge, our travel experiences, and any of my family’s nature adventures. This was accomplished. You can read my entries here: April, May, and June.
  • Focus on my nature journal and create at least one page weekly.  I only missed one week this quarter!
  • Post images of my nature journal pages on Instagram each week. If you follow me on Instagram, you get to see a new nature journal page every Wednesday.
  • Read and review 6 nature journal related books. I started reading The Nature of Bend by Leeann Kriegh. What a great visual field guide and informational book about my new area of Oregon! It lives right on my kitchen table because I am constantly browsing and reading it both morning and night.

Books on hold at my library!

  • The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley
  • The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

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Nature Goal Reflections

I am sincere in saying that this is the most successful year of goal keeping that I’ve ever experienced.  Making the time and then getting out into nature has been the key to creating both the monthly blog entries and the weekly nature journal pages. I seem to have an endless list of topics to write about when I sit down at my desk. I’m having a fantastic time working on keeping my nature goals for 2017!

Nature Study Goals 2017 Planning Page

Do you want to create some goals for your family? Use the free printable planning page in this entry to get started: Nature Goals 2017.