Pond and Frog Nature Study & Frog Life Cycle Activity Printable

Pond and Frog Nature Study

Plus Frog Life Cycle Activity Printable


pond study with frogs

It’s getting to be that time of year when the tadpoles are swimming in our pond. It makes me feel as if spring is truly coming and we look forward to soon hearing frogs while out hiking at the river. The cycle of seasons and life bring me such joy!

frog lapbook activity printable

With that in mind, I’ve had a special printable to share once spring made its arrival. Members now have in their library a fun and informative Frog Life Cycle activity printable.

Here’s what you get in this download:

In the lapbook there are components for vocabulary, frog facts, bullfrog facts, frog noises, and the frog life cycle. In the lapbook you can also mount your life cycle of a frog drawing (instructions for this drawing project are included).  There is also a set of copy work pages focusing on frog poetry. There are two blank lined pages you can use for the copy work, as well as a page of frog poetry and suggestions for how to use them.

Members who have an Ultimate or Journey level membership will be able to log into their account and find the two printables there to use this spring.


Pond Study Nature Club August 2018 @handbookofnaturestudy

To go along with a frog nature study, you can click over to the Pond Life – 4 Seasons Nature Activity entry found in the archives. Everyone can use the suggestions in this entry along with a few free printables to follow up a nature walk at a pond, the river, or a lake.

Pond Life – 4 Seasons Nature


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Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge: Snipe Nature Study

Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge

Wilson’s Snipe Nature Study

This week’s nature study lesson features the very real and awesome snipe. It wasn’t until we moved to Central Oregon and along the river that we even thought this was a real bird! We spent quite a few evenings chasing the sound of the snipe in an attempt to figure out exactly what bird was making such an unusual sound.

Now it’s your turn!

Learn about the snipe, paying special attention to its preferred habitat and the sound that it makes.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Snipe graphic

Get started with your study of the Wilson’s snipe using the ideas below. As always, remember that the complete nature study lesson is found in the Bird Nature Study Set #1 ebook available to Ultimate and Journey level members.

  • Make sure to look at the range maps in a field guide or on All About Birds to determine if you have the Wilson’s snipe in your area. Wilson’s snipe can be found among the vegetation (especially cattails, willows, sedges, and rushes) along muddy edges of ponds, vernal pools, and other wet habitats.
  • Learn the sound of the snipe and memorize it so you can recognize it in the future.  Here’s a link to YouTube that has the sound of a snipe winnowing: Wilson’s Snipe.
  • Watch this YouTube video: Wilson’s Snipe.  YouTube video of a snipe eating along the shore: Wilson’s Snipe.  You can see in this video why they have a very long bill!


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Birds included in this ebook include the pelican, sandhill crane, Clark’s nutcracker, egret, American dipper, horned lark, magpie, swan, and snipe.

Download a sample of the book here: Bird Nature Study Set #1 Sample

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Learning About Birds 3D cover

You may wish to also download and use the Learning About Birds ebook available in the Ultimate Naturalist Library.

Sample: Print your ebook sample here: Learning About Birds from the Outdoor Hour Challenge.

Learning About Birds ebook Bird List @handbookofnaturestudy


Once a Month Nature Journal Project Collections – From the Archives

Once a Month Nature Journal Project

Collections – From the Archives

Looking back through my nature journals, I enjoy seeing little bits and bobs that I’ve collected during my outdoor adventures. I don’t often include natural items like flowers, leaves, or seeds on my pages, but they do create pages that are wonderful reminders of our adventures and discoveries.

Nature Collection journal page

Special note: I’ve often used transparent tape to seal an object onto a nature journal page. If you use tape that doesn’t yellow, it actually works quite well and stays in place for a period of time. 

Nature Journal Page Ideas:

  1. Collect something to adhere directly to the page like a leaf, needle, seed, or flower.
  2. Press an item in a flower press and then adhere that to your page. Here is a video I created with instructions: How to Make a Plant Press.
  3. Create an envelope to hold an item from your nature walk.
  4. Create a pocket to hold an item.
  5. Laminate an item.
  6. Preserve an item in wax paper to adhere to your page. See this entry for instruction: How to Make a Waxed Paper Pouch.

Once a Month Nature Journal Collection @handbookofnaturestudy

Link to the original blog entry: Once a Month Nature Journal – Collections

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Complete list of all the Once a Month Nature Journal Project Ideas

Getting Started with Nature Journals

Click over to my nature journal page for many more nature journal ideas.