New! Forest Fun Ebook Now in the Library

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New Forest Fun Ebook is Now Available to Members!

The Forest Fun ebook is now ready for you to download and use with your family. It will be a part of the 2019-2020 plans here on the Handbook of Nature Study. I am excited to have a new set of challenges to complete along with you!

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There are nine 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 but you will be using internet links and field guides to glean information about each topic.

  • This 47 page digital ebook has 9 challenges and supplemental activities that will help you learn about some common things you will find in a forest, especially the forests of the western United States.
  • There are multiple custom notebooking pages for each of the topics. You can choose from simple notebook pages or more advanced notebooking pages.
  • Coloring pages for each topic.
  • Sample: Print an ebook sample here: Forest Fun Ebook Sample.

Here are the specific topics included in this ebook:

  • Rabbitbrush
  • Skunk Cabbage
  • Azalea
  • Common Raven
  • California Quail
  • Western Tanager
  • Black Bear
  • Moose
  • Porcupine

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How do you get the new Forest Fun ebook?

Members of the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey levels have access to the new Forest Fun 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 am offering a $5 off discount code that will be good towards your Ultimate Naturalist membership.

Discount Code: OHC10






Nature Planner Pages Printable for Members


Nature Planner Pages 2019 to 2020

I love my planner and I know that many of you feel the same way about yours! Planning makes our live go so much more smoothly and it keeps us from forgetting the important things, the activities that bring texture and depth to our days. Nature study is one of those precious things that I don’t want to let slip through the cracks. I have learned the hard way that if it’s not on the planner page, I’m more likely to let the week go by without getting outside and taking note of the fascinating things right outside my door.

So, I have created something to help all of us!

New this year to the memberships are monthly planner pages with lots of additional nature study ideas that you can use to enrich your nature study. These are similar to the planning pages I created for the newsletters in the past. If you’re a member at the Ultimate or Journey levels, you will receive all 12 months of planning pages in one pdf to download and print!

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Download a sample of the Nature Planner Pages: Outdoor Hour Challenge Nature Planner Page Sample

Use these planning pages to organize and inspire your family’s nature study this school year. I have included many nature study ideas in addition to the scheduled Outdoor Hour Challenges from the ebooks in the Member’s Library. There are activities, nature journal ideas, nature photo ideas, inspirational quotes, nature table suggestions, year-long study ideas, and reminders for various seasonal nature study activities.

These planner pages can be printed out for the parent or for an older student to use on their own. I have also not dated the planners with a year so you can use these pages over and over in the years to come. You can use the specific Outdoor Hour Challenge listed on the planner page or the more general topic listed after it.

A lot of thought has been put into making these pages useful and helpful in keeping nature study a regular activity for families. They were not designed to make you feel like you have to do all the things listed but rather to give you choices and flexibility in what you do during each month to keep nature study a vital part of your homeschooling experience.

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If you are not a Member here on the Handbook of Nature Study yet, you can join now and get this printable nature planner now. Plus, with your Ultimate Naturalist Membership you will have access to all of the ebooks, newsletters, and printables in the Library! See the graphic below for all of the benefits.

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Use the discount code OHC10 to receive $5 off your Ultimate Naturalist membership!

Outdoor Hour Challenge-Summer Lacewing Study

We are going to be going on an insect hunt this week as part of the Outdoor Hour Challenge for lacewings.

Link to the challenges in the archives:

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Summer Lacewing Study

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This is a perfect Outdoor Hour Challenge to complete in your garden! You may need to look at the images linked in the original challenge to see what the larvae, the egg, and the adult lacewing look like before you go out hunting lacewings.

Make sure to watch the informative video in the original challenge to learn about the beneficial aspects of having lacewings in your garden.

Have a great time outside this week!

Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Nature Study Continues ebook

The Outdoor Hour Challenge for the lacewing is included in the Summer Nature Study Continues ebook. You can download it from your Ultimate or Journey level membership library and use the custom notebook pages that go along with this study for your nature journal.

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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 21 ebooks and so much more!