Outdoor Hour Challenge –Garden Flowers #1

We’re starting to work through the Garden Flower and Plants ebook this week! If you own this ebook or have access to it in your Ultimate Naturalist Library, you’ll want to get it out and read the first few pages that outline how the ten week series of garden challenges work together.  These can be done in any order that makes sense to your family. The ebook has planning pages as you choose, observe, and then learn more about each garden flower you study.


If you would like to purchase a membership so you have all of the challenges at your fingertips and the custom notebooking pages too, click over to read all the details and download a sample: Garden Flower and Plant Challenges.

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Garden Flower Nature Study – Read the Handbook of Nature Study Pages 453-456 (Section titled: How to Begin the Study of Flowers and Their Flowers)

Link to the Archive Outdoor Hour Challenge – Focus on Garden Flowers #1

This challenge has a lot of suggested activities for your family to begin a flower study starting from the seeds all the way to blossom. Page through the Handbook of Nature Study section on garden flowers and see if there are any topics of interest. But, the most important thing is to choose at least one flower to get started with this week.

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You may want to take a field trip to the garden nursery to look at the seed packets. My kids always got super excited when they actually picked their own seeds and then anticipated the flowering garden that would eventually be a reality.

“The only right way to begin a plant study with young children is through awakening their interest in and love for flowers.” Anna Botsford Comstock

After you choose your seeds, make sure to draw each seed in your nature journal, labeling the flower’s name. I find it so interesting to see all the different shapes, sizes, and colors of seeds from flowers. If you’re using the ebook, there will be an upcoming challenge for taking a closer look at seeds.

Back in 2009, our family completed a bunch of garden flower studies using the Garden Flower and Plants ebook. Here’s a list of the flowers with links to my blog entries once we finished, hopefully it will inspire your family to create a list of flowers and then study them one at a time as part of the Outdoor Hour Challenge.
California Poppy
Bleeding Heart
Bachelor’s Buttons
Sweet Peas

What flowers do you want to study this spring?

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter April 2016 cover

If you’re a member here on the Handbook of Nature Study website, you can also download and use the April 2016 newsletter for more garden seed nature study ideas.  


New!!! Outdoor Hour Challenge – Wildflower Study Set #3

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Ultimate and Journey Level members can click this graphic to go directly to the library to download a copy of this new ebook. Make sure you are logged in and if you are having trouble with your password, please leave me a comment or send me a direct email to receive my assistance. Email: [email protected]

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Wildflower Nature Study Set #3

  • This 44 page digital ebook has 5 challenges and supplemental activities that will help you learn about some common wildflowers.
  • There are custom notebooking pages for each of the five wildflowers featured. In addition, there is a general notebook page for recording information for each of the plant families introduced in this ebook.
  • I have included two wildflower related activities from the archives: Wildflower Photo Hunt and the Wildflower Big Grid Study.
  • Five coloring pages
  • There is enough material in this ebook to provide 5 weeks of wildflower study or more depending on how long you take to complete each challenge.
  • One of the resources in this ebook is a chart that coordinates each study with the Botany in a Day book.
  • Sample: Print an ebook sample here:OHC Wildflower Nature Study Set 3 Sample

Here are the specific flowers included in this ebook:

  • Fireweed (Evening Primrose Family)
  • Salsify (Aster Family)
  • Forget-Me-Not (Borage Family)
  • Paintbrush (Figwort Family)
  • Common Silverweed (Rose Family)

Note: If you don’t have the specific wildflowers listed above in your area, there are suggestions for studying an alternative flower or you can focus on the plant family instead. This ebook will work no matter where you live if you want to just focus on the plant families and use a local field guide to look for flowers you can observe during a nature walk in your own habitat.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower 3 Covermaker

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.


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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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How To Get Started With This New Ebook!

Make sure you have a membership to the Handbook of Nature Study website! Click the Purchase Now button above or the Join Us button on the website. If you don’t already have a membership, use the discount code above for $5 off an Ultimate Naturalist Membership. If you are a member, sign in to your library and download the book.

You may wish to subscribe to the Handbook of Nature Study blog so you can receive the prompts in your email box each Friday.

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Don’t forget about the other two wildflower nature study ebooks available in your Ultimate and Journey level memberships!

Wildflower Set 1 Cover Image

Wildflower Nature Study Set 2



Spring Weather 2019 – Outdoor Hour Challenge

Start Here:Spring Weather Nature Study

There is nothing better than seeing the beginning of the spring season, whatever that looks like in your local area. I am currently in California and the landscape is very different than back at home in Central Oregon. Here, the California rolling hills are turning green with the first of the spring grasses. The wild mustard is making its appearance with its yellow flowers that dance in the spring breezes. I have seen lots of red-tail hawks sitting in trees and up on telephone poles. The morning has birdsong and I can pick out a few of the main players like the robins and California quail.

It will be months before these are spotted in my own neighborhood once I return home.

In the meantime, I will enjoy the spring season while I can and make mental notes that will eventually go into my nature journal.

This week’s Outdoor Hour Challenge is linked above and the suggested activities will get you started with ideas for your outdoor time. There is a free printable notebook page included in that entry.


Links to prior season’s Outdoor Hour Challenges:

Autumn Weather Nature Study – Free Printable

Winter Weather Nature Study-Free Printable

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There are many more spring related nature study ideas in the four ebooks shown above. You can find them in the Ultimate Naturalist membership library.


Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

Use discount code OHC10 for $5 off any membership!