Using Printables from the Handbook of Nature Study Newsletters


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Using Nature Study Grids

One of the most common stumbling blocks to creating a nature journal page is the curse of the blank page. I have felt it myself. As you open your nature journal and gather your art supplies, suddenly you face the blank page and your mind also goes blank. You can’t think of what to do or where to get started.

This is the perfect time to use a tool from the Handbook of Nature Study newsletter!

Many issues of the newsletter have a printable nature study grid that can help get you over the hump of starting with a blank page. Print the grid and cut it out, then adhere it right on the page. Choose one or more of the prompts to do while you’re outside and then come back in to record your results.

Nature Study Newsletter grid example pages (2)

You can check the boxes off.

Nature Study Newsletter grid example pages (4)

Make notes about what you accomplished.

Nature Study Newsletter grid example pages (3)

Sketch something that was inspired during your outdoor time.

Nature Study Newsletter grid example pages (1)

Use the grid in a way that makes sense to you and your family!


Additional Idea

Weather Grid Nature Journal (1)(1)

Cut Your Grid Apart: You can use the Weather Study Big Grid in the December 2012 newsletter for this project by printing it out and then cutting the desired squares to adhere into your nature journal. This will allow you to create a completely customized nature journal page that fits your local weather and your child’s interests.

Add photos, doodles, lettering, and captions to complete your page.

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter January 2014 Cover

Download a sample copy of the January 2014 Newsletter:

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter – Nature Table (with the Winter Nature Grid printable).

Newsletter Index download

Download the Newsletter Index – includes lists of articles and printables

Did you know that the complete archive of 76 newsletters is available for immediate download in ALL LEVELS of membership here on the Handbook of Nature Study?

That means that for just $20 you can download, save, and use as many times as you want each of the newsletters in the archive!

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy


Here is the Amazon affiliate link to the sketchbook I use for my nature journal.



  1. Thanks for this reminder. I somehow don’t seem to be able to accesss the sample newsletter offered. It says “no access”

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