Creepy Things Series of Nature Study

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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’re having trouble with your password, please leave me a comment or send me a direct email to receive my assistance. Email: [email protected]


Are you ready to learn about some creepy things? This Friday we’ll be starting the new series of nature study ideas that feature some of the “creepy things” you may have in your yard or neighborhood. I’m hoping that if you learn about these fascinating creatures and plants, you will no longer view them as creepy things but more as amazing things.

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It’s the perfect time to join us each week for a brand new nature study lesson using the new ebook. (Don’t miss the discount code at the end of this blog entry.)

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.

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If you don’t have a membership yet, I’m offering a $10 off discount code that will be good towards your Ultimate Naturalist membership.







Outdoor Hour Challenge- Bristlecone Pine Nature Study

The bristlecone pine is a truly unique and amazing tree for a variety of reasons. For this challenge you will more than likely be using links and images to glean the interesting facts about the bristlecone pine rather than observing it up close in person.

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Our family was able to hike to the bristlecone pines in Great Basin National Park a few years ago (see my account in this entry: Great Basin National Park). It took some effort but it was one that left an impression on us, the sense of time and the history that the trees have lived through. It also taught us that even in the harshest of environments, life can survive. What a metaphor for us right now!

Outdoor Hour Challenge Bristlecone Pine Nature Study

Use these these links to learn a little about the bristlecone pine:

See the High Desert ebook for more bristlecone pine nature study ideas and printables!

Please note that I will not be posting the complete challenge here on the blog but you will find the detailed challenge in the High Desert ebook that is available both in the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey level memberships. Sign into your account and download the ebook for the details, more links, and notebook pages.

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If you don’t have a membership yet, you can click the graphic above and join today for immediate access to the 26 ebooks and so much more! Remember that all levels, even the Discovery level membership, include access to all of the archived newsletters!

Topics in this ebook include:

  • Bitterbrush
  • Sagebrush
  • Greater sage-grouse
  • Succulents
  • Mountain Lion
  • Coyote
  • Pocket Gopher
  • Bristlecone Pine
  • Elk
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Juniper
  • Snowberry
  • Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel
  • River Otter

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Practical Homescholing Award for Science 2020

What an honor again to be in the top spot for the Practical Homeschooling Magazine Awards for 2020! I can’t tell you how much this means to me to receive this award for being a top elementary school science curriculum. I write about things I love and am passionate about. To know that the families who use my plans love them too keeps me motivated to go on creating the best homeschool nature study site on the web!


I’ve been writing the Outdoor Hour Challenge since 2008. The list of topics covered with the weekly nature study lessons and ideas has grown to be a complete library of resources for families to use no matter the weather and no matter the environment.

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 voted and those that have supported this worldwide community of nature-loving families throughout the past decade.

The 2020 Practical Homeschooling® Reader Awards™ will be announced in the Summer 2020 issue of Practical Homeschooling magazine. The Reader Awards have been a regular feature in the magazine since 1998. Thousands of homeschoolers rank the curriculum they have used, and the products with the highest satisfaction ratings win.

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As a BIG thank you, I’m 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: 2020AWARD

Use this code at checkout and you will receive $10 off your purchase of a membership.

If you choose an Ultimate Naturalist Library Membership, this will give you all current 26 ebooks, including the Herb ebook!

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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.

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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!

2020-2021 Outdoor Hour Challenge Plans

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Would you like to join us for the next school year using the Outdoor Hour Challenge as your science/nature study curriculum? Take a look at this entry to see what our topics will include over the next year. They will be based on the ebooks shown in the graphic above AND printables from the Ultimate Naturalist Library membership.

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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: 2020AWARD