Outdoor Hour Challenge – Mountain Laurel

Outdoor Hour Challenge Mountain Laurel @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Mountain Laurel Study

Inside Preparation Work:

Outdoor Hour Time:

  • This week you can take a look at shrubs during your outdoor time. Talk about how shrubs and trees are different. If you have a mountain laurel to observe, take a close look at the flowers, leaves, and limbs. Choose another shrub if you don’t have a mountain laurel to observe up close.

Follow Up Time:

  • The lesson in the Handbook of Nature Study details many observations you can make to learn more about the mountain laurel. These include the shape of the leaf, the color of the flowers, the bud, and the pollen dispersal method. Use these to guide your family’s study of the mountain laurel.
  • After your observations, create a nature journal entry that includes a sketch with color.
  • Advanced Study: Use this link to learn to distinguish between mountain laurel and the rhododendron. There is an advanced notebook page in the ebook to record your information.

Handbook of Nature Study Ultimate Naturalist Library

Next week we start the summer series from the new ebook, Summer Nature Study Continues.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Nature Study Continues ebook


  1. Barb, this is so interesting because in Texas, our Mountain Laurels are purple flowering clusters. They smell like grape Kool-aid when blooming. :) Now that we are in Japan, I don’t believe I have seen any Mountain Laurels.

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