Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter – February 2017 Tree Bark

HNS Newsletter February 2017 Cover

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter

February 2017 Trees and Tree Bark


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Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter February 2017

Contents of this edition of the newsletter include:

  • February will be a month to focus on trees and tree bark using the ideas from the newsletter. I have written two articles for your inspiration and encouragement.
  • February Planning Page for Mom – Much more than just a planner page, this is full of nature journal ideas, a short challenge for parents, links to the up-coming challenges, and ideas for using the archives.
  • Printables: I pulled a printable from the archives that will help you keep track of your neighborhood trees.

Resources for your Nature Library: I have started to build a nature library store on Amazon that will feature by category my favorite nature study books and resources. Take a look and see if there is anything you would like to put on your wish list for your family’s nature study library: Handbook of Nature Study Nature Library Suggestions on Amazon.com. Note this is my affiliate store to items I personally recommend and have read or seen in person.

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.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Winter 2016 More Nature Study We will be using the More Nature Study – Winter ebook starting on January 13, 2017. You can find it in the Ultimate Naturalist Library.

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Trees and Their Twigs

Outdoor Hour Challenge Tree Study Twigs

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Tree Study Twigs
From the Archives and found in the More Nature Study Winter Ebook

Don’t be fooled like I was about tree study in winter! There is so much to learn from a tree twig with a little help from this Outdoor Hour Challenge, the Handbook of Nature Study, and a little time spent collecting some tree twigs. Find an idea in this challenge that works for your family.

As a heads up for next month- Be on the lookout for a tree to use for a tree bark study. The February 2017 newsletter will be focusing on tree bark. There will also be a new printable in the member’s library soon that will help you keep track of 6 trees using photographs. This week’s challenge is going to get the ball rolling for your winter tree study.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Winter 2016 More Nature Study

If you are interested in purchasing an Ultimate Naturalist Membership at this time, you will gain access to the custom notebooking pages that go along with each of the challenges in the ebook.

Ultimate Naturalist Library June 2016 @handbookofnaturestudy

Note: You do not need to purchase the ebook to participate but they are handy to have for planning and for the regular and advanced notebook pages included in each one. Click the graphic at above to go over to check out the Ultimate Naturalist Library membership.

Spring Plans!

We will be working through a new series of wildflower challenges starting in April using a new ebook that will publish sometime in March. The new wildflower ebook will also be added to the Ultimate Naturalist Library so if you purchase a membership now, you will have the new ebook as soon as it is available. I will posting details about the new ebook soon.


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Nature Journal Examples – Focus on a Weekly Entry

Weekly Nature Journal Project 2017

For several years I have created and shared with you a nature study goals list as a way to fuel my love for the outdoors and reach for things that I thought would inspire me to be outdoors more. I love to learn about the natural world, both close to home and when we travel. The list of goals got me out the door. In that aspect, the goals were always a success.

Keeping track of the particular goals here on the blog made me accountable. As the end of a quarter would roll around, I would post an update showing what had been accomplished. But try as I may, there were always things I had on my list year after year and they never were checked off as “done” and I felt a sense of defeat.  Something was wrong. I needed to rethink my way of looking at the goals because I want to feel good about the experience and not feel that I had left something undone.

This year when I sat down to create a list of goals for 2017, I decided to focus my efforts on creating a nature journal record that I felt good about at at the end of December. I dream of looking back through the pages and not only see some beautiful sketches and images but also reading about the things I have learned and observed.

2017 Nature Study Goals @handbookofnaturestudy

Read my goals by clicking above.

I am excited about my new goal of creating at least one page in my nature journal a week.

It feels right.

I’m still planning on getting outdoors or I won’t have anything to put in my journal. We have several trips planned this year and they will fuel my nature journal as well. Plus with the up-coming new wildflowers ebook (due in the member’s library sometime in March), I will be adding my wildflower experiences in there as well. More on my method of keeping track of my weekly journal entries in next month’s entry.

Without further ado, here are some of my pages so far.


Nature Journal Pages January (1)I wanted to start off the year right with a page that kept my goals right in front of me, right in the beginning of my journal. This page is nothing fancy but it will serve as a reminder to focus on and create a journal I will be proud of.

Nature Journal Pages January (2)This is a page I created using the printable nature journal topper from the January 2017 newsletter. I am determined to use the prompts, ideas, and suggestions from my own newsletter this year and show you how they can lead to a simple but meaningful study of something close to home. My backyard right now is in hibernation with all the wet and cold weather we have had. But, with a little effort I found 3 things of interest to share in my journal.

Handbook of Nature Study Nature Journal January (1)I shared a little bit about this page in my Outdoor Mom’s Journal this month. It was a huge stretch for me to try to draw and paint the lichen I found but using the ideas in the Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling to get me going with some more detailed pages.

Handbook of Nature Study Nature Journal January (2)Here is another attempt to draw something in detail on my page. I had been outside looking at my dogwood tree and although it appears to be bare, I found all of the buds just opening up and admired the pinkish color that you can see when you look closely. I am making a note to draw this tree in every season.

Handbook of Nature Study Nature Journal January (3)This is a page that got out of hand. I started with the simple sketch of the titmouse and then added the icons from the All About Birds website. This idea actually came from someone I follow on Instagram (scratchmadejournal). Then, what was I thinking with the watercolor? The lesson is that some pages will not be my favorite and they show the room I have to grow. I hope that by the end of the year I will see my pages mature a bit and I will be more in control of the process.

It is a starting point.

See more nature journal ideas on my Nature Journal Page!

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