Where to Start with the Outdoor Hour Challenges: Update

Updated information is found at:
Outdoor Hour Challenge 2013-2014

Just about every day now I get an email from someone who wants to just get started with the Outdoor Hour Challenges but they don’t know where to start. There are several strategies for starting but I think the most important thing to remember is that one of the purposes in starting the challenges in the first place was to help parents learn to do a simple nature study using the Handbook of Nature Study.

So my best suggestion for newcomers is to make sure to complete the first five challenges and then join us where we are in the challenges at that time. This is my suggestion for newcomers as well as those that have gotten behind in the challenges.

The first five challenges contain such important information from the Handbook of Nature Study that I don’t think you should miss reading it. Those challenges set the stage for all further nature study and will give you a great overview of how to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time.

Here is a link to the very first challenge:
Outdoor Hour Challenge: Let’s Get Started

If you have sort of stumbled along the way and need to get started again with the challenges, pick a challenge you can get excited about. Take 15-20 minutes for nature study in your own backyard. Keep it simple and let your child enjoy the time outdoors. If the challenge is completed or if you just have a great adventure outdoors, either way you are successful.

If you need some ideas to inspire you from other homeschoolers, the challenges listed by topic on the sidebar. Click on the topic button, click the challenge you are interested in investigating, and then scroll to the bottom of the entry, there will be numerous links that have been shared from families from all over the world. I guarantee you will find something of interest.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me anytime.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have owned this book for two years. FINALLY I will be able to use it with my children. Thank you! Nicole

  2. Hi Nicole,

    Welcome to the OH Challenges! I am so glad that you found the information helpful to your family.

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hello! Do you have an ebook that would list all of the challenges up to the birds?
    Thank you :-)

  4. The Outdoor Hour Challenge ebook is only the first ten challenges.

    You can access every challenge here on the blog.

    See the link in the post to get the ebook that is available.


  5. We have completed the first challenge and had a great time with it. Thank you for this site!

    I’ve posted on our blog(I’ve attempted to link our log using html – hope it works!

  6. Thank you for setting up this challenge! Our family is going to get started this weekend…

  7. Thank you for your hard work! This will be a main part of our homeschool starting this fall!


  8. Thank You so very much for this amazing website and your hard work :) I have read through so much of your site and am so excited to include this in our homeschooling. We are an outdoor loving family, so it is a natural fit for us. My book has finally arrived and I am beginning to plan now — so, I will be a regular from now on!

    Thanks again!

  9. We finally started! But because we are unschooled they choose what they want to learn about so we are out of order and may or may not cover it all. Thanks for a great e-book!

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