Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge: Salsify Wildflower Nature Study

Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge

Salsify Wildflower Nature Study

When I first saw salsify, I thought it was a giant dandelion. Upon closer examination, I realized the leaves and flowers are quite different. Here in the U.S., there are 2 plants that are called salsify:

Salsify or oyster plant (tragopogon porrifolius) which has a white root and purple flowers.

Salsify or goat’s beard (tragopogon dubius) which has a black root and yellow flowers.

alsify wildflower june 2021

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Look for salsify along roadsides, vacant lots, pastures, and disturbed areas. Normal blooming time is from May to September.
  • This should be a fairly easy flower to spot if it’s blooming. It looks like a really large dandelion, purple or yellow depending on where you live. The seed head is also a larger version of the dandelion.

Outdoor Hour Challenge salsify

If you have a membership here on the Handbook of Nature Study, you’ll find the complete challenge with images, more links to resources and videos, journaling ideas, a notebook page, and ideas for studying flowers in the aster family. You’ll need to sign into your Ultimate or Journey level membership to see the book download.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower 3 Covermaker

Ebook includes nature study lessons for common silverweed, fireweed, salsify, Indian paintbrush, and forget-me-nots.

Here’s a sample from the Wildflower ebook: Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Ebook #3.

To purchase an Ultimate Naturalist Library membership, you can click on over to the Join Us page at any time.




Summer Nature Study – Super Easy!

Summer Nature Study – Super Easy!

Summer nature study is easy when you have a bundle of Outdoor Hour Challenge summer ebooks at your fingertips. Pick the topics that interest your family the most and then get started with the activities, videos, and follow up notebook pages.

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Nature study can be easy and fun if you have access to the Outdoor Hour Challenges.

Currently there are 3 summer themed ebooks to choose from:

Summer Nature Study Continues

More Nature Study – Summer

Summer Nature Study – Using Your Senses

Members can sign into their membership, scroll down to find the ebook of choice, and then download and use the nature study lessons.

Monarch Butterfly in Garden

It’s as easy as that! I love that families can immediately jump on any interest that presents itself during your summer adventures. When you observe a butterfly, follow up with the lesson on butterflies. In our family, if we came home from an adventure and we had a question, I pulled out the Handbook of Nature Study and did an internet search. Well, the Outdoor Hour Challenge is based on just that process. But, I’ve done all the legwork for you.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Nature Study Ideas Index @handbookofnaturestudy

You can click the graphic above and see the dozens of nature study opportunities that you can make happen in your family.

If you’re new to the Outdoor Hour Challenge, you can find all three of the ebooks in the Ultimate Naturalist Library membership. (See below for a discount code to use with your purchase!)

Use the discount code SUMMERfor5 for $5 off your Ultimate Naturalist Library membership. Code is valid until 6/30/2021.



Handbook of Nature Study: Review of New Edition

Handbook of Nature Study

Review of New Edition

I recently wrote a review of the new Living Book Press edition of the Handbook of Nature Study.

I’ve used the Handbook of Nature Study for decades. To say that I love this book, would be an understatement. It has taken me on the journey of a lifetime and sparked my love and passion for all things found in the natural world. When I learned there was a new version of this classic book with full color images, I was excited.

Living Books Press full color images

Living Books Press has created a seven volume series of paperback books that take the original content of the Handbook of Nature Study written by Anna Botsford Comstock and updated the black and white images with full color images for every topic in the book.

I recently wrote a thorough review of this series over on The Curriculum Choice.

You can read that review here: Living Books Press – Handbook of Nature Study.

I would love for you to click over and read that review.

Living Books Press Handbook of Nature Study Review graphic

Just in case you want the bottom line…..

  • I don’t recommend these volumes for my Outdoor Hour Challenge families. The price is what holds me back from giving them a thumbs up. At almost $100 for all the volumes, the investment is just not worth the benefits of having smaller books and colored images.
  • I would rather you purchase the version recommended for years here on the Handbook of Nature Study blog (cost is less than $30). Then, take the additional money and purchase some field guides to have as a supplement to the Handbook of Nature Study.

If you have any questions about any version of the Handbook of Nature Study, please send me an email or leave me a comment.