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

2017 Nature Study Goals @handbookofnaturestudy

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.

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Cow Parsnip Flower Study

Outdoor Hour Challenge Cow parsnip @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Cow Parsnip Nature Study – from the Wildflower Set #2

Inside Preparation:

  • Learn all you can about this interesting plant that is common in North America (Heracleum maximum). USDA Cow Parsnip (range) and  Cow Parsnip—Herculeum.
  • This website has awesome images and lots of information: Cow Parsnip.
  • Use the chart on page 7 of the ebook to look up cow parsnip in the suggested resources.

Outdoor Hour Time:

Look for cow parsnip in moist soil in meadows, along streams, and along roads. Look in full sun or partial shade. Bloom time is anywhere from February through September.

  • This plant is easy to identify once you study its traits. Use the observation suggestions in this challenge to make a careful examination of the cow parsnip.
  • Advanced study: Look for the anise swallowtail butterfly near your cow parsnip since it is the host plant for the larvae.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Create a nature journal entry using the suggestions in the ebook if you have access to it. There is a custom notebook page and coloring page in the ebook for you to use if you wish.
  • Start a parsley family notebook page and add any plants you observe in this family to the list over time.
  • Advanced study: Research the origin of the Latin name for this plant.
  • Advanced study: Learn abut the relationship between the Anise swallowtail butterfly and the cow parsnip.


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 NotebookingPages.com. I have used them with my own family in the past and love them. Please note I am an affiliate for NotebookingPages.com and I will receive a small commission if you eventually purchase any of their products after clicking the link above.



Summer Bird Study – Learning About Birds Ebook Special

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Purchase the Ultimate Naturalist membership this week and receive a $5 discount.

Use the code SUMMERBIRD at checkout.

 Code expires on 7/20/17.

I am hoping that many of you already have this new ebook that features 28 different birds from the Handbook of Nature Study. You can read all about this ebook and download a sample here: Learning About Birds.

Learning About Birds ebook Bird List @handbookofnaturestudy

But if you don’t already have a membership, I hope the $5 discount will help you decide to join and receive not only this ebook but all 20 ebooks available in the Ultimate Naturalist Library!

Do you have questions about the memberships? You can look for more specific answers on my Frequently Asked Questions page.


Handbook of Nature Study Frequently Asked Questions