Outdoor Hour Challenge – Newt Nature Study

Outdoor Hour Challenge Newt Nature Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge


Inside Preparation Work:

  • Read pages 187-192 in the Handbook of Nature Study (Lesson #48).  Take note of the newt’s habitat. The “eft” is the terrestrial juvenile of the newt.
  • Use the information on this webpage to supplement your reading. Make sure to cover the life cycle of the newt to explain the different stages of development you might see during your outdoor time: Newt.
  • Youtube: Eastern Newt, California Newt,  Eastern Newt.
  • Youtube: Difference between reptiles and amphibians (kid friendly).
  • It may help to do a Google search for your state to see which newts you should look for during your outdoor time. Search for “newts of XXX” replacing the XXX with your state name.
  • There will be places with no newts so this may be a challenge that you complete while visiting a pet shop.

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • Go on a newt hunt along a forest trail, looking in among the leaf litter and on the trail side. We see newts here in California in the spring after it rains and they are boldly walking down the trail out in the open. Keep your eyes alert!
  • Use some of the suggested observations from the lesson in the Handbook of Nature Study. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
    • Observe the eye, the skin, the feet.
    • Watch the way it walks (or swims if you find a newt in water).
    • Watch the tail and note the way it is held-is it dragging or lifted?
  • If you don’t find a newt to observe, look along the trail for their potential hiding spots.

Follow-Up Activity:

  • Create a nature journal entry that includes a sketch of a newt. Make sure to label it with a caption.
  • Advanced Study: Create a journal entry that shows the life cycle of the newt either in words or pictures.
  • Advanced Study: Write a comparison of the newt and the salamander.

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