Nature Observer – May 2018

Nature Observer – Nature Journal Project

May 2018

I love spring!

Keeping a nature journal helps to remind me to slow down and create a record of some of the amazing things we see and experience as each week goes by. It’s easy to let the days slip away without taking note of the beautiful spring changes. But the sense of satisfaction as I flip back through my nature journal pages encourages me to keep at it even when I have a busy week.

I’m even trying to draw and paint more in my journal which is far out of my comfort zone.

I hope you are inspired to stop for a few creative moments this week to make a page in your journal and make the opportunity for your children to do the same.

Here are my entries for May!

 

Champoeg State Park wildflowers

 

We had a weekend trip over to the Willamette Valley for a few days of camping. We did a little hiking along the river and I so enjoyed the wildflowers! Not only the wildflowers, but the birds made this weekend special by providing the birdsong that followed us everywhere.

 

Twin Lake nature journal

One day the sun was shining and the temperatures were warm so we decided to take my husband’s new fishing boat out on the lake. He rowed around fishing until his pole fell into the water! I sat on the shore watching the clouds, the birds, and the water…my happy place. We ended the day with a hike around the lake which yielded a fantastic bald eagle sighting. We were able to get close up and see him sitting on the top of a tree. Great memories!

 

Lewis's woodpecker nature journal

 

One morning we were eating breakfast and looking out the window just like we normally do each day. My husband noticed an unusual bird hanging onto our suet feeder. He had unusual coloring and I grabbed my binoculars to get a closer look. He stuck around long enough that we got to make some notes of distinctive features and that enabled us to find him in our field guide. He was a Lewis’ woodpecker. This is a rather large woodpecker and he flew away with flapping wings. I’ve since seen another one alongside the road when I was out with a friend. I love being able to name a bird…makes it so special.

 

May recap nature journal

We have seen such changes in our landscape this month. I created a nature journal record of the many special moments we’ve had just out our back door. We spotted river otters in the river. We have marveled at swallows and chickadees building nests in our nesting boxes. I was delighted to see our Canada goose family with seven babies swimming in the water. We’ve also seen the return of the wildflowers as well as the tall grasses.

 

Getting Started with Nature Journals

Have you taken a look at my updated nature journal page? Here’s a link to see some ideas to inspire you in your journaling efforts.

 

Instagram OutdoorHourChallenge

Don’t forget that I’m sharing a nature journal page each week on my Instagram account if you want to see the pages as they unfold. Follow me here: Instagram – outdoorhourchallenge. And, if you want to create a page and share it on your Instagram for me to see, use the hashtag #OHCnaturejournal.

 

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge – Moth Nature Study

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Outdoor Hour Challenge

Summer Moth Nature Study

From the Archives and from the Summer Nature Study ebook

This is an exciting nature study challenge! Use the suggestions in the archived post above to get started with your own moth study.

This is a nature study idea that’s as easy as turning on an outside light in the evening! The moths will come to you!

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Moths are so much like butterflies in their variety and beauty. Don’t miss this special opportunity to be prepared for your next moth experience that will happen over the next season.

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Use the free downloadable notebook pages for insects found in this entry: Ant Nature Study.

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge Summer Using Your Senses

Join us for this exciting series of nature study topics as we work through the Summer Nature Study – Using Your Senses ebook.

This ebook is found in the Ultimate level membership for you to download and use with your family. If you would like to gain access to this ebook, you can purchase a membership now and have instant access.

Ultimate Naturalist Library September 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy

 

Handbook of Nature Study – Wildflowers To Love

Handbook of Nature Study Nature Book Club Wildflowers

Our Nature Book Club group is excited to share this month’s WILDFLOWER theme! It’s such a perfect time of year to focus on wildflowers with our children since so many times we see colorful blooms during our outdoor time.

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Learning the names of wildflowers is a life-long activity that brings such joy. Children love learning the common names of flowers and I found that once my kids knew a name of a flower, they respected it more for its special uses for all living creatures.

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If you own the Handbook of Nature Study, grab it off your shelf and turn to the table of contents. Look for the section for wildflowers. (Note there are affiliate links in this post)

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You will find a lot of the common flowers that many North American families have access to during the spring and summer months.  Take a highlighter and mark the flowers you know you can study this summer. If you are unfamiliar with a particular wildflower, look it up online and note the leaf, the flower, and the seed for future reference. Here’s a link to one of my favorite wildflower websites for you to use: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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I always encourage families to learn one flower at a time!  If you continue to learn about flowers each summer, over time you’ll have quite a few familiar flower friends to look forward to seeing as they bloom year after year.

I’ve written Outdoor Hour Challenges for every wildflower listed in the Handbook of Nature Study. You can find them under the “Garden” tab on my website.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Garden Wildflower and Weeds Index @handbookofnaturestudy

Here is a link: Handbook of Nature Study Wildflower List. (Note you will need to scroll down to the wildflower and weed section.)

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Notebook Pages

Take a Wildflower Nature Walk

Use the Handbook of Nature Study’s lessons for each flower you study this summer. There are Outdoor Hour Challenges for every wildflower in the book that will supplement your learning with online resources and links and even sometimes a printable activity.

If you’re a member of the Ultimate Naturalist Library, you have access to the ebooks that contain all of the wildflower nature study ideas. Although these aren’t necessary and you can work from the Outdoor Hour Challenges online, some families find having the ebooks with custom notebooking pages to be a huge benefit in making learning and nature study follow-up much easier.

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Wildflower Activity: Making and Using a Flower Press

Our family enjoyed pressing wildflowers for our nature journal pages. I created a short tutorial video showing how to make a simple flower press using cardboard, paper, and rubber bands. Show your children and have the supplies available for them to make their very own flower press.

YouTube link: How to Make a Flower Press

 

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I’ve created two ebooks with additional wildflowers not included in the Handbook of Nature Study.

I’m going to make them available here in this entry for you to purchase separately as a special offer just until the end of May.

 

Outdoor Hour Challenge Wildflower Set 1 Ebook

Here are the specifics for Set #1:

  • This 46 page digital ebook has 5 challenges and supplemental activities that will help you learn about a few of my favorite early spring wildflowers.
  • There are custom notebooking pages for each of the five wildflowers featured. In addition, there’s a general notebook page for recording information for each of the plant families introduced in this ebook. There’s also a page for use with any spring flower study and a page for a flower dissection follow-up.
  • Full color photos of every wildflower included in the ebook.
  • Five coloring pages.
  • There’s enough material in this ebook to provide 5 weeks of wildflower study or more depending on how long you take to complete each challenge.
  • One of the resources in this ebook is a chart that coordinates each study with the Botany in a Day book.
  • Sample: Print an ebook sample here: OHC Wildflower Nature Study Set 1 Sample

Here are the specific flowers included in this ebook:

  • Wild Mustard and Wild Radish (mustard family)
  • Shooting Star (primrose family)
  • Lupine (pea family)
  • Purple Chinese House (figwort family)
  • Yarrow (composite family)
  • $4.95 – use Paypal button below

 

OHC Wildflower Set 2 @handbookofnaturestudy

  • This 43 page digital ebook has 5 challenges and supplemental activities that will help you learn about some common wildflowers.
  • There are custom notebooking pages for each of the five wildflowers featured. In addition, there’s a general notebook page for recording information for each of the plant families introduced in this ebook. There’s also a page for use with any summer flower study.
  • I’ve included two wildflower related activities from the archives: Wildflower Photo Hunt and the Wildflower Big Grid Study.
  • Four coloring pages.
  • There’s enough material in this ebook to provide 5 weeks of wildflower study or more depending on how long you take to complete each challenge.
  • One of the resources in this ebook is a chart that coordinates each study with the Botany in a Day book.
  • Sample: Print an ebook sample here: OHC Wildflower Nature Study Set 2 Sample

Here are the specific flowers included in this ebook:

  • Henbit ( Mint Family)
  • Cow Parsnip (Parsley Family)
  • Columbine (Buttercup Family)
  • Chicory (Aster Family)
  • Cocklebur (Aster Family
  • $4.95- use Paypal button below

 

 

You can purchase both ebooks together for a special discounted price! $8.95

Please note these will be sent to you manually. Once I receive your payment, I will send the ebook download links to you in an email. This is a special arrangement for just these ebooks and only until the end of May. Act fast or you may miss this rare opportunity to purchase a single ebook here on the Handbook of Nature Study.

OFFER ENDS MAY 31, 2018


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Make sure to subscribe to my blog to follow along with those wildflower related nature study activities.

Note: This post is part of a monthly series of posts I’m writing as part of a fantastic group of nature loving women who I’m linking up with on the 20th of each month. There’s a topic of the month and we’ll all share a book and activity that goes along with that theme.  You can use the links at the bottom of this post to see all of our books/activities. Use the linky tool below to share your own wildflower related links this month too!

The Nature Book Club 2018 Topics

Past Month’s Themes:

 

 

 

May Wildflowers

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See all the great posts from The Nature Book Club’s co-hosts in May:

Miss Rumphius Mixed Media Art from Emily at Table Life Blog

Wildflower Walk and Pressing Flowers from Barbara at Handbook of Nature Study

Wildflowers Nature Study from Jenny at Faith and Good Works

Oregon Nature Study Quiz: Wildflower Edition from Eva at Eva Varga

Wildflower Fairy Poetry & Art Activity from Melanie at Wind in a Letterbox

Flower Fairy Peg Dolls from Cassidy at Freshly Planted

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms Online Book Club from Dachelle at Hide the Chocolate

Wildflowers Unit Study & Lapbook from Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus

Fingerprint Painting on Canvas Activity from Katrina at Rule This Roost

DIY Flower Press from Thaleia at Something 2 Offer

Dandelion Life Cycle Learning Activities from Karyn at Teach Beside Me