Practical Homeschooling Award for Science for the OHC

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I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to announce that the Handbook of Nature Study website and the Outdoor Hour Challenge was voted a winner by thousands of homeschoolers in the Practice Homeschooling magazine Reader Awards!


I’m especially proud to have been given this award in the Elementary Science category.

It’s been a lot of years in the making beginning when the Outdoor Hour Challenge started back in 2008 when a community of homeschool moms asked me to lead a weekly nature study activity. The things we have learned over the past decade as part of the Outdoor Hour Challenge has given us a love and appreciation for the living things all around us. I’ve watched families from around the world get started and then flourish with nature study using the weekly nature study ideas.

It makes my heart soar to know that homeschooling families feel my program has enriched their lives and given them a solid science curriculum to use as a means of learning about nature together.

Thank you to all of you who partook in voting and those that have supported this worldwide community of nature-loving families through comments, links, writing for the monthly newsletter, and participating in the OHC blog carnival. I have loved every minute of this adventure!

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

As a BIG thank you, I am going to be extending a discount code for you to use towards ANY level of membership here on the Handbook of Nature Study.

Discount code: AWARDFUN

Use this code at checkout and you will receive $5 off your purchase of a membership.

If you choose an Ultimate Naturalist Library Membership, this will give you all current 21 ebooks, including the newly released, updated and revised Getting Started with the Outdoor Hour Challenge ebook. PLUS, you’ll receive access to the printables library with dozens of notebooking pages and activities for you to print out. PLUS, it will include access to all 76 archived issues of the monthly newsletter.

Getting Started Outdoor Hour Challenge ebook

Now is the time to join so you can start using the resources right away and then for the next year of your membership!

Thank you so much for your love and support of the Handbook of Nature Study!


Links You May Enjoy:

Nature Study or Science Handbookofnaturestudy

Nature Study or Science? – “The younger years are the time to get outside and take walks and look at real things up close and form memories and impressions. There is a time for books and textbooks (in limited amounts) but that can come later.”

Nature Study  – Living Science Beyond the Books – “Books are a wonderful window to the world but true heartfelt science learning takes place when you learn about things you can see, touch, smell, and hear.”

Nature Study and High School Biology

Nature Study as Part of High School Biology – “You can see how you can take an idea and then expand on it using nature study. If you use the basic ideas I have illustrated with the biology topics, you can make a study of nature high school level. Keep everything relevant to your local area and it will be a joy to work on each week. Your family will learn so much together as part of the Outdoor Hour Challenges.

 Handbook of Nature Study Ultimate Naturalist Library

Do you want to get started with nature study in your family? Why not give the Outdoor Hour Challenge a try in your family. I have never regretted the decision to make nature study a regular part of our homeschooling experience.


Don’t forget to use the discount code: AWARDFUN


  1. Congratulations, Barb! Well deserved!

  2. Well done Barb! You so deserve this honour. Your wonderful weekly challenges were a mainstay throughout our homeschooling journey.

    • Barb McCoy says:

      I loved seeing all that you and your girls did in your part of the world as part of the OHC. Thank you so much for everything you did to support the community with the blog carnivals and the newsletters. :)

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  4. Well done! We love doing nature study and I always look forward to your emails. My kids really enjoy the chance to look a little closer at our natural surroundings.

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