Wild for Wildflowers Nature Study

Wild for Wildflowers Nature Study Printable

-From the Newsletter Archives

For many of us, spring is a time to look for wildflowers. The world comes alive with color and it beckons us to get outside and walk a local trail. I invite you to download, print, and use the ideas in the printable I’m sharing below, Wild for Wildflowers.

Wild for Wildflowers Printable handbookofnaturestudy

As suggested in the printable, take time to identify even just one wildflower this month. Make it a topic of your nature journal. Or, use one of the many ideas in the chart to deepen your wildflower knowledge in a way that sounds fun for your family.

Download: Wild For Wildflowers


This printable is from the June 2013 Newsletter found in the archives here on the Handbook of Nature Study. If you have access to the newsletters, you can download and read the complete edition that features even more ideas for wildflower study.

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Garden Observations – From the Newsletter Archives

This time of year many of us turn our thoughts to our spring and summer gardens. I want to encourage you to include your children in the planning and implementing of the garden design. I wrote an article for encouraging parents to use the garden as an opportunity to create a nature study and life lesson for your children.

I hope you enjoy reading this article from the May 2014 Handbook of Nature Study newsletter. If you would like access to all of the newsletters in my archive, please click the graphic below to see how to gain a bounty of practical nature study ideas and printables for your family.

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 Garden Observations

Just being in a garden inspires wonder for the things we find growing there. It truly is a matter of the closer you look, the more you see!

Young children enjoy planting just about anything in the garden. My middle son always spent time during the summer with his grandparents, helping to tend their beautiful garden flowers and vegetables. One year he grew sunflowers, one year he grew zinnias, and every year he was anxious to get over to Grandpa’s to dig in the dirt and push around his little wheelbarrow.

We encouraged a love of gardening in our family by letting them be a part of the process. From purchasing the seeds, to planting them in the ground, our children helped us create a space around our home that invited everyone to spend some time there.

Kids in the garden


How can you encourage your children to look at a garden closely?

· Have them help you plant, water, and tend even a single pot of flowers on your deck.

· Provide a few kid-friendly garden tools like a hand trowel, a watering can, and a bucket.

· Allow them to have a space that is all their own in your yard or on your back step.

· Share your interest in growing things by telling them a little about each plant you grow.

· Visit the garden nursery together and take note of the variety of plants.


A garden is home to more than just plants! Look for insects, birds, worms, spiders and webs.

Butterfly Garden Trumpet VineCreate a garden observation spot.

  • Find a place in your garden that you can situate a sitting spot. A little stool or even just a small blanket on the ground will encourage your children to sit for a few minutes and drink in the garden’s sights and smells.
  • Create a shelter from the sun using tall plants like sunflowers or pole beans. Not only will it be fun to watch the shade plants grow, but then they can enjoy the rewards of a beautiful flower or delicious snack at the same time.
  • You can model how to slow down and enjoy the garden observation spot for your child. Sit quietly for a minute or two and gesture to things they might not notice like the buzzing of a bee, the chirp of a nearby bird, or the soft rustling of leaves.
  • Make it a routine to spend a few minutes a day in the garden observation spot and eventually your child will be going there all on their own.
  • Pick a topic of the day. One day a week you can observe the insects in the garden. One day you can observe the leaves on the plants. Continue to pick one thing to focus on and that will keep it fresh.


Gardens ebook Outdoor Hour challenge

If your family would like to make a more thorough study of garden flowers and plants, you can use the ebook in the Ultimate Naturalist Library for detailed activities using the lessons in the Handbook of Nature Study.

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New Printables for Members – Iridescence and Stripes and Spots

Now available in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships:

1. Iridescence in Nature Notebook Page- This is such a fascinating topic! Do some research about the benefits of iridescence in nature and then create a notebook page with your notes and sketches.

2. Stripes and Spots in Nature Notebook Page – We all know animals, birds, and insects that have stripes and spots. Use a reference of your choice to discover their usefulness and then complete the notebook page as a follow up.

Iridescence in Nature Notebook Page

Stripes and Spots in Nature Notebook Page

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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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Members also have access to the Nature Planner pages in their library. Print out this month’s page and use it to stimulate your weekly nature study time.