Outdoor Hour Challenge – Crystal Study

Outdoor Hour Challenge Crystal Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read pages 751-752 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson #211).  This lesson includes instructions for creating your own crystals and then observing them but you may want to use the Additional Links below for complete and thorough instructions using materials that can be found in your local grocery store.
  • Grow some crystals and record the growth in your nature journal.
  • Advanced Study: Grow different kinds of crystals and compare them in your nature journal.
  • Advanced Study: This is an interesting video with more information on snow crystals: Snowflake Safari.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Ice and snow are crystals you may have access to for this Outdoor Hour Challenge. Talk about crystals and then perhaps use a magnifying glass to examine some snow for crystals (make sure to watch the snowflake video above).  You can also glean ideas and find more information on snow in the Winter Snow challenge.
  • If you don’t have ice and snow crystals to observe, go on a cold weather hunt using the  ideas from this printable: Winter  Nature Walk.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Create a nature journal entry answering some of the following questions.

What is a crystal?
How did you create a crystal? What materials did you dissolve to make crystals?
What shape were the crystals you grew?
What did the surface of your crystals look like? Were they shiny?

  • Notebook pages included in the ebook: Crystal and Advanced Crystal.

Additional Links:

Handbook of Nature Study Ultimate Naturalist Library


Join us for this series of challenges every week here on the Handbook of Nature Study.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Winter Nature Study Continues ebook

If you want to purchase the Winter Nature Study Continues ebook so you can follow along with all the notebooking pages, coloring pages, and subject images, you can join the Ultimate or Journey Membership Levels. See the Join Us page for complete information. Also, you can view the Winter Nature Study Continues Ebook Announcement page for more details.


Year Long Nature Study Reminders – Winter

Seasonal Topics Reminders – Winter

Here are some ideas from year-long nature study topics we have done in the past:

Make sure to add your year-long study to your January or February nature study plans so you don’t forget!!!


Outdoor Hour Challenge Winter Nature Study Continues ebook

If you are a member of the Ultimate or Journey levels here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you will find this ebook listed in your library after you log into your account. The ebook version available to members includes all of the notebook pages, coloring pages, and color images. I highly recommend purchasing a membership for all the added benefits for each and every challenge.

Handbook of Nature Study Ultimate Naturalist Library

Nature Books – 2015 List


Nature Book Project 2015 @handbookofnaturestudy

Along with my new Nature Study Goals for 2015, I am determined to read more books to fuel my learning about the natural world around me. I have gleaned a few books from my shelves that I need to read or reread but the rest are brand spanking new from Amazon.com. I spent an afternoon just rabbit trailing around Amazon, putting stacks of books onto my wishlist. to consider for the final 2015 list.

I picked ten books altogether so if I slack a bit somewhere I can make it up during the two unscheduled months. I have decided to leave July and December free for just that purpose.

January – The Wild Muir

February-The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

March- Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide

April- Last Child in the Woods

May-Keeping a Nature Journal

June-Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail

July-Catch Up Month

August- The Bird Watching Answer Book

September- Writing About Nature: A Creative Guide

October-North American Wildlife: An Illustrated Guide to 2,000 Plants and Animals

November-California Forests and Woodlands: A Natural History

December – Catch up month

I imagine I will pick up and put down several of these over the year but I will try to have completed the reading by the designated time. Creating a blog entry at the end of each book will detail my thoughts and perhaps even inspire you to pick it up and read it in the future. If you own any of these books and would like to comment on your experience with the book, you can join me in the appropriate month and corresponding blog entry.

I have already started reading The Wild Muir aloud to my husband a little each day. It is fun to share these stories aloud and comment on his adventures. Stay tuned for some of my thoughts!

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