2019 Nature Study Goals – 3rd Quarter Update


3rd Quarter Update


Nature Study Goals 2019 @handbookofnaturestudy

  1. Use the Outdoor Hour Challenge topics to stimulate my interest in my local habitat and help to build my skills as a naturalist. Looking back on the months of July, August, and September, I did a better job of mentioning the Outdoor Hour Challenges we completed in my Outdoor Mom or Nature Observer monthly posts. We took more opportunities to take hikes than we normally do because I am feeling so good after my hip replacements. The Outdoor Hour Challenges we did included the summer willow study, the summer bird study, the fish study, and the pearly everlasting study. These were areas that came up during our walks and hikes that we took time to study and I included in my nature journal. I find it helpful to have some formal nature study that is planned and then seize opportunities that arise to learn more about nature topics of choice.
  2. Keep a detailed record of my nature observations. My daily and five-year nature journals have been my primary focus this quarter. July and August had several pages of entries each: but, during the month of September, I didn’t get to create as many pages as I would have liked. We had another family crisis where we had to take care of a parent and that took a lot of our free time. October was even worse because I was out of state for 16 days! I will try to pick it back up this month and get into my nature study/nature journal routine.
  3. Hiking and Kayaking. This was the summer of taking hikes on new trails! We visited lakes, waterfalls, and peaks. During each hike and paddle, we soaked in the beauty of Central Oregon. My husband’s favorite memory was the time the gray jays ate nuts from his hand while he was fishing at Todd Lake. My favorite memory was the day we hiked the Deschutes River trail and we saw the whitewater rafters go through a section of rapids. The wildflowers were another enjoyable aspect of hiking along the nearby trails. We have so little color from October to April which makes the warmer months all the more sweet for this nature loving family.
  4. Read nature related books this year. I read the book, Beyond Sagebrush, this summer and learned a bunch of new things about my local habitat.

Did you make nature goals this year? How are doing at achieving those goals?

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Outdoor Hour Challenge -Autumn Staghorn Sumac Study

I just got back from a trip to the east coast and the sumac was so colorful and pretty! I really regret not stopping on our hikes to take more photos of this amazing plant. But, this week is your chance to get out and look for sumac in your local area.

“The sumac is a beautiful shrub in summer because of its fernlike leaves; it is picturesque in winter and its colors in autumn are most brilliant. Its dark red fruit clusters remain upon it during the entire winter.”

Handbook of Nature Study, Lesson 189

The study of the sumac can continue right into the winter months using the lesson suggestions in the Handbook of Nature Study. Mark your planner to revisit the sumac in a few months.

Sumac Nature Study @handbookofnaturestudy

Use this link to the challenges in the archives:

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Staghorn Sumac Study (from the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook)

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This challenge is included in the Autumn Nature Study Continues ebook, found in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships here on the Handbook of Nature Study. You can print the notebooking pages and the coloring page included in the ebook to supplement your nature study this week.

Join Us Ultimate Naturalist November 2019

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New! Creepy Things Ebook Now in the Library

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Ultimate and Journey Level members can click this graphic to go directly to the library to download a copy of this new ebook. Make sure you are logged in and if you are having trouble with your password, please leave me a comment or send me a direct email to receive my assistance. Email: [email protected]

New Ebook is Now Available to Members!

The Creepy Things ebook is now ready for you to download and use with your family. This is one of the ebooks we’ll be working through later in the 2019-2020 plans.  I learned a lot about so many things as I wrote this set of challenges and I know you will too!

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There are 10 brand new Outdoor Hour Challenges for you to complete as part of your nature study lessons with your children. These Challenges are not based on information in the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. You’ll be using internet links and field guides to glean information about each topic.

  • This 46 page digital ebook has 10 challenges and supplemental activities that will help you learn about things that you may have wondered about in the past but considered too “creepy” or scary to learn about in person.
  • There are multiple custom notebooking pages for each of the topics. You can choose from simple notebook pages or more advanced notebooking pages.
  • There are 7 coloring pages.
  • Sample: Print an ebook sample here: Creepy Things Ebook Sample.

Here are the specific topics included in this ebook:

  • Banana slug
  • Tarantula/Tarantula hawk
  • Black Widow
  • Scorpion
  • Leech
  • Muskrat
  • Sphinx moth
  • Cicada
  • Millipede
  • Poison oak

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How do you get the new Creepy Things ebook?

Members of the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey levels have access to the new ebook in their library. You need to click the “Members Area” button at the top of the website, sign into your account, and the ebook is there to download and save for your family to use when desired.

Join Us Ultimate Naturalist November 2019

If you don’t have a membership yet, I’m offering a $5 off discount code that will be good towards your Ultimate Naturalist membership.

Discount Code: OHC10