New! Winter Willow Nature Study

Outdoor Hour Challenge Winter Willow Study

This is the second in a series of willow studies that will guide you through a complete year of observing a local willow. The Autumn Willow Study featured the changing color of the foliage and the willow’s shape. Now, in the winter season, we will look at its twigs and buds.

Start Here: Willow Nature Study – Handbook of Nature Study Lesson 179 (pages 651-655)

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Pay particular attention to suggestions #2 and #12 in Lesson 179 for specific winter-related willow study ideas.

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You may also wish to look for galls on your willow. They are shaped like little wooden roses and are created by an insect during the summer.

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Activity: Tie a string on a twig attached to your willow. Observe and record in your nature journal the twig’s changes for a few months. You can see our autumn willow study here in this entry: Beginning a Year Long Willow Study.

Winter Willow Study Twigs and Buds notebook page

Both Ultimate and Journey level members here on the Handbook of Nature Study have access to a new winter willow notebooking page for recording your winter observations. Look for it in your printable library.

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  1. This is a wonderful idea, on Tuesday we start our study on willow.
    Thank you

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