Outdoor Hour Challenge – Poppy and Buttercup Wildflower Study

Poppies and Buttercups @handbookofnaturestudyOutdoor Hour Challenge

Poppy and Buttercup Wildflower Study

From the Archives and in the More Nature Study – Spring ebook

We are going to go on a search for poppies and buttercups this week! In my world, this is prime time for both of these wildflowers. In fact, I have some blooming right in my front yard!

Join me using the ideas from the archive post linked above or you can download the More Nature Study –Spring ebook if you are an Ultimate Naturalist Library member.

You may with to create a poppy nature journal entry using the idea I shared in this post from the past: Nature Journal Tutorial.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Set 1 Ebook

How do you get the new Wildflower Nature Study 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 save for your family to use when desired. 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: Wildflower5

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge- Yarrow Wildflower Study

Yarrow Wildflower Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Yarrow Wildflower Study

Wildflower Set #1

 

Inside Preparation:

Yarrow is a plant that most of us will regularly see alongside our hiking and walking trails. In addition, many garden nurseries have cultivated varieties of the yarrow plants if you are not successful in finding one in a more natural setting.

  • ¨ Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium )You may wish to check the range of this particular plant on USDA.
  • ¨ You may wish to view and download this fact sheet about the common yarrow: USDA Yarrow.
  • ¨ The yarrow plant is the host plant for the Painted Lady butterfly so make sure to look for this pretty insect when you find some yarrow.
  • ¨ Bloom time is usually April to September. Yarrow grows in full sun or part shade in dry habitats.
  • ¨ Aster Family: check out this page with an informative video.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • ¨ Yarrow is found just about everywhere in the United States. Look for it in dry sunny spots starting in April. We see it alongside most of our hiking trails and is easy to spot because it is usually about 3 feet tall. If you find a patch to observe in person, use the observation suggestions on the following page to make a careful study of this beautiful flower.

Follow-Up Activity:

Note: Ebook users can find custom notebook pages to use for the yarrow flower and the aster family.

  • ¨ Create a notebook page for the yarrow.
  • ¨ Start an aster family notebook page. Keep a running list over time of the flowers you observe and/or study in this plant family.
  • ¨ Advanced study: Learn the medicinal uses of yarrow. Here is a link to use: Herb Wisdom.

The Yarrow Plant Attracts the following Butterflies:

Banded Hairstreak,  Lorquin AdmiralWest Coast Lady,

American CopperRed-banded Hairstreak,

 

 

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Set 1 Ebook

How do you get the new Wildflower Nature Study 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 save for your family to use when desired. 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: Wildflower5

 

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Outdoor Mom’s Nature Goal Update- First Quarter 2017

2017 Nature Study Goals @handbookofnaturestudy

Nature Study Goals 2017 – 1st Quarter Update

  • Create monthly entries for my Outdoor Mom experiences as I share our nature study 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: January, February, and March.
  • Focus on my nature journal and create at least one page weekly. I have kept this up! I am most proud of accomplishing this goal.
  • 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. Oops! I really need to get myself organized for this goal. I just ordered my first book from Amazon so look for a review soon.

Have you created your own nature study goals this year? How are you doing?

I will update you when I finish the second quarter!