OHC: Field Notebook in Your Nature Study


You can do this!

Nothing could be easier than creating a field notebook list for your nature journal!

This week’s challenge will help you make a list of nature study topics you observed during your outdoor time but aren’t quite ready to study in depth. As you work through this activity, you’re training your family to be more alert and giving them skills that actual naturalists use to learn more about their own habitats.

Field Notebook Landscape autumn series

Soon, the weather and conditions may keep you indoors and this list of topics will give you inspiration to keep nature study going indoors.

Nature Study When the Weather is Too Cold or Wet to be Outdoors – Pull Out Your Field Notebook List!

Skim down your field notebook list of topics, choose one to topic to study, and then get out your Handbook of Nature Study and/or a field guide. Do a little research on your chosen topic and then create a nature journal page showing what you learned.

OHC Autumn Field Notebook List @handbookofnaturestudy

Autumn Field Notebook Nature Study Handbook of Nature Study pages 1-8

Archive Outdoor Hour Challenge – Click the link above to see the original challenge. Make sure to read the introductory pages in the Handbook of Nature Study to freshen up your nature study attitude!


The Field Notebook List is a tool you can use in planning your future nature study lessons!

Additional Suggestion:

Read in the Handbook of Nature Study pages 13-15 (The Field Notebook). In this section Anna Botsford Comstock helps us with a detailed description of her idea of a field notebook or nature journal. She also states that if done properly “they represent what cannot be bought or sold, personal experience in the happy world of out-of-doors”. Make note of any suggestions you want to implement with your children.

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You can print and use the field notebook page included in the free autumn notebook page download above.


Make sure to click the link below to read the entire Outdoor Hour Challenge with helpful links, nature study ideas, printable notebooking pages, and suggested follow-up activities.

Autumn Field Notebook Nature Study Handbook of Nature Study pages 1-8


OHC Plan 18 to 19 Join Us

This Outdoor Hour Challenge is part of the 2018-2019 Plan here on the Handbook of Nature Study. We’ll be using the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock to discover new things about the world around us. Join us each Friday for a different nature study topic. Make sure to subscribe to this blog to receive the weekly challenge right in your email box.

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  1. Jillian Lauder says:

    This is great! Do you have one created for winter?

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