So many have reached out to touch our families with free resources and activity ideas as we stay home and safe.
So, I’ve compiled a list of nature study related resources I’ve come across to share with you.
I’ll begin with a list of nature study resources you can access at Nature Study Australia:
- Australian Mammal Identification Cards
- Australian Plant Pattern Memory Cards
- Go Fish & 10’s Counting Cards
- Field Journaling Notebook for Nature Dectectives
The City of Holdfast Bay has partnered with Nature Play SA to bring you Down by the Sea ebooklet full of creative outdoor adventures to encourage people to be present and observe nature. Then take a look at their 25 Things to Do in Autum list.
Creation Connection is doing their part to ease the burden of our current circumstances by giving away free downloads (for the month of April only) to their Adventure Album collection. This is so awesome. Thank you, Ranger Dan and Mrs Tammy!
Nature Journaling Resources:
Go from Drawing Stick Figures to Song Birds in 60 Mintues. This is a free bird drawing tutorial by Chrstine Elder. Christine is also presenting daily nature sketching tutorials through Crowdcast. Learn to draw a ladybird, frogs, seahorses, sharks and wild horses among other things.
John Muir Laws has published a free book on How to Teach Nature Journaling and you don’t need to be an expert. John also has a Nature Journaling Curriculum which will help you take the lead with nature journaling activities and 2×4 Observation Question Cards: I notice, I wonder, it reminds me of…
John Muir Laws is also hosting Zoom nature journaling lessons. Take a look at the Zoom events here.
Learn How to Draw from Real life with Kim McNett.
Nature Study Activities
Eco Explorers has designed a beautiful Colour Scavenger Hunt Wheel which encourages the observation of our bright and bold colours forming around us as the season changes. They also have a free Scavenger Hunt printout which will take you on a backyard adventure searching for bugs and tracks.
Match that Scat with Bush Heritage Australia and be on your way to becoming a scatologist by matching the native species to it’s poo. Certified scatologists go into a draw to win a $500 Woolworths voucher.
Allow NASA to bring the universe into your home with NASA at Home. Take part in their virtual tours, watch videos and listen to podcasts. There are many acitivities for the family and it’s perfect for the budding Astronomer.
Nature Play QLD has created STEAM outdoor inspirational lesson ideas for toddlers to year 6. Take a look!
Trawl through Australia’s Natural History collections from your couch and get involved by discovering treasures in the archives to help make these natural history collections accessible online. Learn more with DIGIVOL.
Inspiration for the Educator
Join Matt Clark, a teacher of natural history and science at The Geneva School, a classical school in Florida, as he shows us how we can teach natural history (science or nature studies) to our children from home. Access the tutorial here and the notes here. Organized by Circe Institute.
Embrace the study of nature and enhance the skill of nature journaling with a few of these free online resources or tutorials. I hope you find something here to thrive on. Enjoy!
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We’ve got an amazing list of 22 speakers and 30 workshops for you this year.
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Teaching your Kids the Perceptual Positions with Andrew Lord from Blueprint Life Coaching. Andrew unpacks the ‘Perceptual Positions’ – a simple but powerful framework to teach your kids to think from different perspectives.
Low-Tech Lifestyle, a live workshop from Kelly George of Fearless Homeschool If you struggle with screen time, Kelly has lots of strategies to help you and your children have a healthier relationship with tech.
4 Things To Do Right Now, a live workshop with Lusi Austin from That Homeschool Life. Lusi will chat about things we can focus on right now with our families, based around the 4Cs of connection, calm, character, and curiousity.
Chat with a homeschool mum of 10 about menu planning and meal prep, sports, books, reading and more. This is a great opportunity to ask those nagging questions like ‘how do you do it ALL!’ and work on ideas that will iron out wrinkles for smoother running homeschool days.
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