Nature Goals 2019- 1st Quarter Update

Nature Goals 2019  1st Quarter Update

  1. Use the Outdoor Hour Challenge topics to stimulate my interest in my local habitat and help to build my skills as a naturalist. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Outdoor Hour Challenges during the first quarter. Here are links to my favorite challenges: Our Winter Willow Observations – Buds, Galls, and Beavers
  2. Keep a detailed record of my nature observations.  I’m keeping up with my daily nature journal notes and it’s always amazing to me that I have something to write about each day. It’s made me be more aware of the many interesting things that happen right in my own yard and neighborhood. My personal nature journal is going well and there are lots of pages completed already. If you read my Nature Observer entries each month here on my blog, you’ll see the pages as I complete them.
  3. Hiking and Kayaking. We haven’t really been able to do either of these activities yet but this coming quarter should be much better weather and trail conditions for us. I’m anxious to get back in my kayak after the river ice melts. (insert a photo of the the icy river)
  4. Read nature related books this year. I’m sorry to say I haven’t read any books yet. I’m going to do something about that this month!

I still think it’s a worthwhile activity to make and work towards nature goals each year. Even though I didn’t quite live up to my goals this past quarter, I’ll make some adjustments to do a better job over the next few months. I’ve had a lot of family obligations in February and March that have kept me from spending as much time outdoors as I would like. I am not going to be discouraged!

I’m doing much better physically with my recovery from my bilateral hip surgery last October. I can walk a great distance and my strength is coming back. I started swimming at my physical therapy and that is really bumping up my stamina. With renewed vigor, I’ll hopefully hit May and June this year with a new ability to hike and kayak to my heart’s content.

How are your nature goals going so far this year?

Nature Study Goals 2019 @handbookofnaturestudy

New Printable for Members- Garden Set of Notebook Pages

Now available in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships:

Garden Notebooking Pages – Set #1

(See the end of this post for more information on how you can become a member.)

Garden Notebooking Pages Set #1: This set of notebooking pages for your nature journal will help you study the following topics: morning glories, lilacs, marigolds, caterpillars, and cabbage whites. I love this time of year and hope these pages will inspire you to get out into your garden and look for these common subjects. There are 7 notebooking pages in this set. These pages are a great supplement to the Garden Flowers and Plants ebook that we are currently working through with the Outdoor Hour Challenge.


Note: If you have any subjects you would like me to create nature notebook pages for, please let me know in a comment here on the blog or in an email: [email protected]


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Print a complete list of printables available in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships by clicking the button above.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

Use the discount code NATURE5 for $5 off an Ultimate Naturalist Library membership!

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Garden #3 Press Spring Flowers

Have you been enjoying your garden flower study? By now you should have picked some flowers to study, gathered the seeds, planted your seed babies, and started to learn the names of the flower parts. If you missed any of those challenges, here are the links:

Garden Flower and Plants – #1

Garden Flower and Plants – #2

This week is one of my favorite spring activities! Collecting flowers and pressing them using the simple instructions in this week’s challenge may just become your favorite activity too!

Don’t miss the video I created showing how to make a simple flower press using common supplies you’ll have in your home. You can even make a flower press for each family member! (You can view the video on Youtube: Making a Simple Flower Press.)

Link to the Archive Outdoor Hour Challenge –

Focus on Garden Flowers #3 Flower Pressing

You can use pressed flowers in your nature journal in several ways. You can adhere them right into your journal like I did in this McGurk’s Meadow entry.

flower press flowers 2Or, you can create a wax paper pouch that will hold your pressed flowers. You can find the instructions on my blog in this entry:

How to Make a Waxed Paper Pouch for your Nature Journal.

Pressed Flower Pouch 9


Gardens ebook Outdoor Hour challenge

We’re continuing to work through the Garden Flower and Plants ebook over the next few weeks. If you own this ebook or have access to it in your Ultimate Naturalist Library, you’ll want to get it out and read the first few pages. It outlines how the ten week series of garden challenges work together and can be done in any order that makes sense to your family. The ebook has planning pages as you choose, observe, and then learn more about each garden flower you study.

If you’d like to purchase a membership so you have all of the challenges at your fingertips and the custom notebooking pages too, click over to read all the details and download a sample: Garden Flower and Plant Challenges.

 HNS Newsletter Sept 2014 Fall Flowers Button

If you’re a member here on the Handbook of Nature Study website, you can also download and use the September 2014 newsletter with two flower related activities: flower observations for young children and instructions on how to dissect a flower. The archived newsletters are available in all levels of membership here on the Handbook of Nature Study.