Autumn Nature Study for Children and Families
Autumn Nature Study Ideas and Resources
Getting started with seasonal nature study is easy with these autumn themed challenges! Fifteen minutes a week is all it takes for your family to get outside and experiencing the joy of nature study together.
These ten challenges will help you include nature study as a part of your homeschooling day with just a little effort.
Keep this Squidoo Lens bookmarked because I will be adding each week's challenge here along with lots of additional ideas and resources for nature study as well as art and music appreciation ideas.
You will not be transporting it with you during your nature study but each challenge will give you a few pages to read in the book as a pre-study and then you will take your outdoor time. You will be using this reference for every challenge in this an every Outdoor Hour Challenge ebook.
Set of Autumn Nature Study Notebook Pages
I have gathered all of my fall themed nature study notebook pages from 2009 into on pdf document. Follow this link over to Scribd and download your free set. Autumn 2009 Notebook Pages
Seasonal Tree - Autumn
Oaks and Acorns
Autumn Bird Study
Natural History Calendar
2010 Autumn Nature Study Challenge Ebook! - New Challenges for Autumn Available
I have written 10 new Autumn Challenges to use along with the Handbook of Nature Study.
Autumn Series Challenge #1 Cattail Study
Cattails Seasonal Nature Study
For this first challenge we will be finding some cattails to observe as part of a year long study. Each season we will record how the cattails look and keep a record of the changes we observe using the provided notebook page.
Make sure to scroll down to the notebook pages listed below and follow the link to the Cattails Seasonal Nature Study page that you can download.
Also, listed below in the additional resources, you will find a book that I have found very helpful. Look for it at your library or you can order it from Amazon.com.
Autumn Series Challenge #2 Autumn Tree Study
Seasonal Tree Study-Autumn
For this challenge we will be choosing a tree in our yard to observe as part of a year long study. Each season we will record how the tree looks and keep a record of the changes we observe using the provided notebook page.
Make sure to scroll down to the notebook pages listed below and follow the link to the Seasonal Tree Notebook Page- Autumn that you can download.
Also, listed below in the additional resources, you will find two field guides that I have found very helpful. Look for it at your library or you can order it from Amazon.com.
Autumn Series Challenge #3 Goldenrod (Rabbit Bush)
Goldenrod or Other Autumn Flowers
This challenge is spend some time learning about composite flowers using the goldenrod that should be blooming in many parts of North America during the autumn.
As an alternative you can study the aster or the chrysanthemum if you do not have a some goldenrod to observe in person.
Use the linked notebook page to record your goldenrod sketch.
You will need to click over to my Handbook of Nature Study blog to see the complete challenge and to download the free notebook page.
Click any link in the other challenges above and then click the tab at the top of my blog for Autumn nature study.
Autumn Series Challenge #4 Oaks and Acorns
Oaks and Acorns
This week we will be taking a look in our yards and neighborhoods for oaks and acorns. Make sure to check out the oaks and acorns notebook page linked below.
Autumn Series Challenge #5 Pumpkins
This week the challenge features pumpkins. See the link for more information.
Autumn Series Challenge #6 Seasonal Weather Study
Seasonal Weather Study
This challenge starts (or continues) a year-long study of the weather. Seasonally your family will be observing the weather conditions and recording the results as a way of comparing how your particular weather patterns change over the next twelve months. Make sure to scroll down to the notebook pages and find the link for the Seasonal Weather Notebook Page.
You can also find a printable Seasonal Weather Study notebook page to download.
Autumn Series Challenge #7 Squirrels
Squirrels (or any other mammal)
Using the Handbook of Nature Study, complete a nature study of the squirrel. You are welcome to chose a different mammal covered in the Handbook if you do not have squirrels in your local area.
Make sure to scroll down to the list of notebook pages below for a simple notebook page to use in your nature journal.
Autumn Series Challenge #8 Woodpecker
Autumn Birds-Woodpecker (or other autumn bird)
This challenge is to get outdoors and look for some autumn birds. The challenge prepares you for a study of woodpeckers but you can record your observations of any bird in your own yard. Make sure to scroll down and find the accompanying notebook page.
Autumn Series Challenge #9 Mushroom
Read up on mushrooms in the Handbook of Nature Study. Either use this knowledge this week during your Outdoor Hour time or keep it handy for future reference. As always, remember that just getting outdoors is the main objective of any weekly challenge. Make sure to scroll down to the notebook page section on this lens to find a simple page to use in your nature journal.
Autumn Series Challenge #10 Field Notebook
Natural History Calendar
In preparation for those long cold days of winter where you cannot go outside, this week's challenge will encourage you to keep a list of nature study subjects you come across this week. You can investigate one subject this week and then tuck this list away for further study later on cold winter days where you need to stay indoors.
Autumn Activities To Download - Links to Printable Autumn Ideas
These links are wonderful printables that you can print and then use as part of your outdoor time this season.
Autumn Picture Study
Autumn at Argenteuil by Claude Monet
Use the link to print out a copy of this painting by Claude Monet for your picture study.
Autumn Picture Study
The Reaper by Vincent Van Gogh
Use this link to print out a copy of this painting for your picture study.
Literature for the Autumn Series of Outdoor Hour Challenges - A Few Books for the Younger Crowd
Carnival of the Animals-The Swam - by Camille Saint-Saens
Another favorite with an autumn melancholy mood.
The Trout by Franz Schubert - (Not specifically about autumn but it reminds me of autumn.)
Another selection for you to enjoy during your Autumn Series studies.