Nature Journal Examples – July 2017

Weekly Nature Journal Project
July 2017

This month was a crazy busy traveling month for me! I had to travel light, so I just had a small notebook to record some of my thoughts and observations in while they were happening. Once back home I was able to create a few pages and I have a few more in the works.

I didn’t reach my goal of a page a week but I’m okay with skipping a few weeks while I’m outside having some amazing outdoor adventures.

Here are my two pages for the month of July.


Nature Journal Birds and Wildflowers July

As we learn about our new habitat in Oregon, I am realizing I need to learn a whole new pattern of birds and flowers. Creating a monthly list will help me remember from year to year what to expect.


Firefly Nature Journal Page

This page came from having a fantastic East Coast experience. Every evening, the fireflies would light up the yard! It was magical. This page helped me to do some research after making my own observations in New York.


The month of August should be better as far as being able to keep my “page a week” goal. I also have lots of notes for future pages once I do some research on the topics.



Once a Month Nature Journal Project @handbookofnaturestudy

Some of the page ideas this month can be found on my Once a Month Nature Journal Project Pinterest Board. Pop over and get some inspiration!

Instagram OutdoorHourChallenge

Don’t forget that I am sharing a nature journal page each week on my Instagram account if you want to see the pages as they unfold. Follow me here: Instagram – outdoorhourchallenge. And, if you want to create a page and share it on your Instagram for me to see, use the hashtag #OHCnaturejournal


Nature Study Notebooking Pages

Please note that I am an affiliate for I have used these pages with my own family over many years. They are truly a simple way to get those nature journal pages done!





Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter – August 2017 Zoo Animals

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter Aug 2017 coverHandbook of Nature Study Newsletter

August 2017 – Mammals at the Zoo


Please read the following explanation outlining how to get this month’s newsletter.

The newsletter link is not in this email but will come separately. Members should have received their link already.

If you don’t receive the separate email with the download link, you probably aren’t subscribed to the blog yet. This will take less than a minute to do if you follow the steps below.

If you are a subscriber and you haven’t received your newsletter email yet, check your SPAM inbox. Some subscribers have found the email buried in SPAM inbox.

Handbook of Nature Study Subscribe Now

If you need to subscribe:

  • You will need to go to the Handbook of Nature Study, look to the top right corner for the box to type in your preferred email address, and then confirm the email that comes to your email inbox.
  • Once you subscribe, you will receive a thank you email from me with the download link for the current month’s newsletter.

This month’s newsletter link will be available only during the month of August so be sure to download it before 8/31/17.

Remember! All of the archived and current newsletters are available as part of the Ultimate Naturalist Library…every level!

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter August 2017

Contents of this edition of the newsletter include:

  • This month we are going to think about zoos and zoo animals. I wrote two articles for you to enjoy, including one with lots of tips and suggestions to make your zoo visit more enjoyable.
  • Printables this month: August nature study planner page for mom and a mammal nature journal ideas printable.

Please note that Ultimate Naturalist and Journey level members have access to members only printables each month in addition to the newsletter printables. You will need to log into your account and then go to the “Other Releases” section.

Printables for Members August 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy


New printables are now posted in the Member’s library!

  1. Zoo Visit Notebook Page: Use this page to record some of your zoo observations.
  2. Mammal Tail Study: This activity will help you compare mammal tails.

Print a complete list of printables available to Members for easy reference: Printables for Members

Printables for Members Button

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Columbine

Outdoor Hour challenge Columbine @handbookofnaturestudyOutdoor Hour Challenge

Columbine Wildflower Study (From the Wildflower Set #2)

Inside Preparation:

  • Use the information on the following websites to learn more about the two major kinds of columbine you might encounter.
  • Eastern red columbine (Aquilegia Canadensis): This plant is found east of the Rocky Mountains. Read more about it here: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflowers. The range map is found here: USDA Plants.
  • Western crimson columbine (Aquilegia Formosa): Find the range map here: USDA Plants. Try this website for more information: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflowers.
  • Use the chart on page 7 of the ebook to look up columbine in the suggested resources.
  • Sidenote: “Aquila” means eagle in Latin. Aquilegia refers to the spurred petals people think look like eagle’s talons.

Outdoor Hour Time:

Look for columbine in moist open woods, on banks and seeps, and in the sun or part shade.  Look for columbine blooming anywhere from May—August.

  • Use the suggestions in this challenge to make careful observations of your columbine.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Create a nature journal page with information about the columbine. You can use the suggestions in the ebook or use the nature notebook page and/or coloring page included in the ebook.
  • Create a buttercup family notebook page. Record any flowers you observe that are in the buttercup family.
  • Advanced study: Research the columbine duskywing butterfly. The columbine is the larval host.


OHC Wildflower Set 2 @handbookofnaturestudy

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


Wildflowers, Weeds, & Garden Flowers Notebooking Pages

If you are looking for a variety of wildflower, weed, and garden flower notebooking pages to use in your nature journal, I highly recommend this set from I have used them with my own family in the past and love them. Please note I am an affiliate for and I will receive a small commission if you eventually purchase any of their products after clicking the link above.