Handbook of Nature Study August 2012 Newsletter – Big Plans for the Outdoor Hour Challenge

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter
Companion to the Outdoor Hour Challenges
Supporting a Global Community in Their Nature Study
August 2012- How to Use the Newsletter Edition


The Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter is a companion to the Outdoor Hour Challenges that are posted here on the blog every Friday. After compiling the results of the Outdoor Hour Challenge survey from earlier in the  month, I have decided on some changes to the way the Outdoor Hour Challenge and the Newsletter will work together. I have outlined all the changes in this edition of the newsletter. It is important to read this edition so you will know how things are going to work for the next year here on the Handbook of Nature Study. Hopefully, this will only make the challenges and your family’s nature study even better!

This edition of the newsletter also includes all the usual things. There are four contributed articles, printable grids and a notebook page, special links, and information about the special bundles available here on the Handbook of Nature Study. Lots of great end of the summer nature study ideas will be found in the newsletter so make sure to download and save your copy. Enjoy!

I have attached the newsletter download link to the bottom of my blog feed so if you are a subscriber you will receive the link to the latest newsletter at the bottom of every post for the month of August. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can still subscribe and receive the newsletter link in the next post that comes to your email box.  

You can subscribe to my blog by filling in your email address in the subscription box on my sidebar.

If you have trouble getting the newsletter to download, try right clicking the link, save the link, and then open it.  (The link is in the email and not in this blog post.) I am not going to be archiving the newsletters at this point. You will need to SAVE the FILE on your computer each month if you want to save back issues.

It is not too late join in with the Summer Sizzle series of Outdoor Hour Challenges. You can find them on the summer tab of my blog or in my latest ebook.


  1. Seriously Barb, you are amazing! Thank you so much for another GREAT newsletter and for all the hard work you put into it. It’s hard to believe that you could make it any better! :o)
    Shirley Ann

  2. I love doing it….from my heart to your family.


  3. Excited about the changes for the coming year. I think having a grid for a general theme each month will be super helpful for our family next year since we are moving to Africa in January and a lot of the seasonal things will be more difficult to apply to our situation. Thanks for everything you do Barb. =) I’m pretty sure I’d still be stuck in the “eek I’m not a nature person, how can I do nature study rut” if not for what you have here.

  4. we used this month’s Newsletter Grid for reading practice!

    our girl was a little overwhelmed at the look of all those words…but the pictures were just too intriguing! we took it square by square, and she was so proud and excited.

    she ran outside to tell her papa that she needed to dig some worms for her homeschool work!

    thanks so much for such a wonderful resource. it adds so much to our days.

  5. Thanks for telling me Kort. I do know that a little nature study makes everyone’s lives better. :)

  6. Jen,

    Africa? Wow, that will be a change for your family but what an adventure!

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