Easy-To-Implement Nature Study Lessons

Designed for homeschoolers, co-op groups, and traditional classes, each activity helps students observe and discover for themselves through a firsthand experience with nature. With scientific information, diagrams, and journaling prompts, this book inspires a love for nature and makes teaching it accessible to all educators.

  • Birds
  • Creek, River, Lake, Ocean
  • Fish and Amphibians
  • Fungus
  • Gardens and Crops
  • Insects and Spiders
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Rocks, Minerals, Soil
  • Stars and Sky
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Weather and Climate
  • Wildflowers

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“Beauty + depth + practicality"

- Whitney

“What a beautiful and inspiring guide in exploration, adventure, and education!"

- Lindsay

This book covers everything you need to know about nature study

In the Charlotte Mason philosophy, nature study is a full process of experiencing, observing, connecting, and recording. The first two chapters cover, in a very practical way, what nature study is and how to do it.

This book also has:

  • A step-by-step guide to planning your lessons
  • Instructions for setting up your nature journals
  • Helpful strategies that encourage thorough nature journaling
  • Example nature journal entries by children
  • Ideas for using this book as a group, a class, and a family
  • Inspiring quotes about nature study

And includes 174 nature study lessons

At one lesson per week, there are 4 1/2 school years of content to fuel your nature study explorations. Many lessons can be repeated in different seasons and locations as well.

Each lesson is a hands-on object lesson where your kids make a firsthand connection with nature in its natural habitat. Lessons are organized by nature study topic, making it easy to plan a full semester on the same subject. Educators can choose the lessons that work best for them.

Elementary and middle school students are the target ages as their studies focus on the physical, observable sciences. However, older students and parents will also benefit from them. The lessons were written with the contiguous U.S. in view, but the majority are open-ended enough for any region worldwide.

Each lesson includes:

  • A high-level introduction to the nature topic
  • Suggested read-alouds, websites, and field guides
  • Instructions for a specific mission to accomplish while exploring
  • Guidance for nature journal entries
  • Scientific information, charts, diagrams, and prompting questions are provided when needed

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Sample Pages

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Planning Pages

Use these schedules to organize your lessons

Nature Journaling Prompts

Post these in your journals to help when you get stuck

Moon Phase Log 

Use this calendar for the Moon Phase Lesson

Weather and Climate Charts

Use these for the weather and climate lessons

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About the Author

Jamie Current is a homeschooling mom of three, pastor's wife, photographer, and lover of all things in God's creation. She developed this book from the wealth of ideas generated while leading groups of kids into nature every week.

Together with her family, she has lived near the breezy shores of Lake Michigan, the bustle of downtown Chicago, the peaceful rice paddies of South Korea, and now resides in the vast prairie fields of America's heartland.