Autumn Ebooks – Over 50 Ideas for Nature Study

Autumn Nature Study with the Outdoor Hour Challenge

We will soon be marking another end of the summer and beginning of autumn! For many people, this is their favorite time to be outside on nature walks and following up with a little nature study.

I have over the years written many autumn themed Outdoor Hour Challenges for families (see the listings below for the specific topics). My own boys completed every single one of them so I can say from experience that there are some awesome topics included in the 5 autumn nature study ebooks available in the Ultimate Naturalist Library.

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Autumn Nature Study Ebooks Available

1) Autumn 2009

Cattails, Autumn Tree, Goldenrod, Oaks, Pumpkins, Autumn Weather, Squirrels, Woodpeckers, Mushrooms, and Autumn Field Notebook.

2) Autumn 2010

Geese, Horses, Apples, Autumn Leaves, Queen Anne’s Lace, Trout, Salmon, Pine Cones, November World, December Mini Challenge

3) Autumn Nature Study Continues

Salvia, Teasel, Burdock, Lizards, Ash, Hemlock, Witch Hazel, Staghorn sumac, Stinkhorns, Bracket Fungi, Pigs, Constellations, Mica, Belted kingfishers, Hawks, Winter Berries

4) More Nature Study – Autumn

Leaf rollers, Pears, Milkweed, Fall webs, Fall color, Chipmunks, House sparrows, Leaf study, Thistles, Maple seeds

5) Autumn 2015

Brook, Catfish, Catbird, Chicken, Cockroach, Field horsetail, Hedgehog fungi, Jewelweed, Limestone, Marble, Prickly lettuce, Sapsuckers, Swallows, Turkey


Outdoor Hour Challenge Autumn Nature Study Ideas Index @handbookofnaturestudy

For a complete list of autumn season nature study topics, you can click the Autumn tab at the top of the website.


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Use the discount code AUTUMNFUN for $5 off your Ultimate Naturalist Library membership. Code will expire on 8/22/19.

NOTE: The Ultimate Naturalist Library membership contains 22 ebooks at this time and you will have access to all of them when you purchase a membership. Your membership will be valid for one year from the time of purchase and you can download and save all of the ebooks for future use. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]


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Your membership will also include all of the ebooks that are included in the nature study plan for 2019-2020, including the new ebooks to be released during the year. If you click over to see the plan, scroll down to see the ebooks I am currently writing for the new year!


New! Forest Fun Ebook Now in the Library

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Caption: Ultimate and Journey Level members can click this graphic to go directly to the library to download a copy of this new ebook. Make sure you are logged in and if you are having trouble with your password, please leave me a comment or send me a direct email to receive my assistance. Email: [email protected]

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!