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The Best Nature Study Resources

For the month of June I am sharing a variety of the best nature books and resources over on Instagram.

Because Instagram doesn’t allow links in posts I am also going to keep a running list of the resources I share here.

If you have some great nature resources to share I would love for you to join in throughout the month over on Instagram, just use the hashtag: #homeschoolingwithnature and tag me (@intentionalhomeschooling) so I can see and share your posts!


A List of the Best Resources for Nature Study


To see the resources first follow along on Instagram and then check back here throughout the month as I update the list!




Dianna Aston nature picture books: A Seed is SleepyA Rock is LivelyAn Egg is QuietA Nest is NoisyA Beetle is ShyA Butterfly is Patient

Nature Study Resources - Nature Books - A Butterfly is Patient


The Burgess Bird Book (AmazonLibrivox)

Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola (I’ve also heard good things about the sequel, Lessons at Blackberry Inn but haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy.

The Best Nature Resources - Great for Nature Study - Pocketful of Pinecones


Nature Anatomy – we like to use this book for it’s information and as a reference when drawing. My only complaint is that it’s not longer! Calli over at Sparrows and Lily’s has created a year long nature study schedule using this book as a spine that I am considering following for this upcoming school year.

Great Nature Study Resources - Nature Anatomy


The Handbook of Nature Study – I’ll admit at first I didn’t know how to use this book and got instantly overwhelmed but I feel like reading Pocketful of Pinecones made me excited and more comfortable with using this book. You can also check out this post on how to use the book.


Watercolor With Me – In the Forest – this book is such a great resource for learning to watercolor forest animals and items! There are 50 items that include step-by-step instructions.

Great Nature Study Resources - Learning to Watercolor


The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady & The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady – these are both nature journals by Edith Holden that she kept in 1905 and 1906 and are incredibly inspiring!

Great Nature Study Resources - Nature Journal - The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady


Usborne Outdoor Book – If you are looking for some inspiration for some fun outdoor nature activities this is a great book.

It contains all sorts of ideas for: exploring ponds, rivers and seas, discovering wildlife, investigating the woods, setting up camp, being out in all weather and exploring at night.

The drawings are great and if you have kids who are less than enthusiastic about being outside I would suggest letting them flip through and finding a few ideas that interest them.

Great Nature Study Resources - Nature Journal - Usborne Outdoor Book 

The Be a Nature Detective series is so fun and educational, I can’t decide which one is my favorite!

Be a Wilderness Detective

Be a Beach Detective

Be a Night Detective

Be a Pond Detective

Be a City Nature Detective

The Best Nature Study Resources - Be a Nature Detective


If you need more inspiration for nature journaling, here are three more great books:

The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling

Drawn to Nature: Through the Journals of Clare Walker Leslie

Keeping a Nature Journal

The Best Nature Study Resources - Nature Journaling books


Kids’ Guide to God’s Creation 

It Couldn’t Just Happen

The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God

The Case for a Creator for Kids

The Best Nature Study Resources - Creation based books


We have gotten the One Small Square Backyard book out from the library a number of times but it wasn’t until recently that I realized there are a lot more books in this series, like, The Night Sky, Woods, Tropical Rain Forest, Swamp, Seashore and more! You can check out all of the books in the series here.

The Best Nature Study Resources - One Small Square Books


The Lost Words – this is a gorgeous book with beautiful illustrations and inspiring poetry.

The Best Nature Study Resources - The Lost Words

More coming soon!




Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards

Great Nature Study Resources - Backyard Birding Flashcards


Nature Journal & Adventure Log by Twig & Moth (we got these in previous Intentional Bundle sales)

Great Nature Study Resources - Our Nature Journals and Adventure Log


Exploring Nature With Children – A year-long nature curriculum with four weekly themes for each month of the year and each theme includes a book list, a nature walk activity, corresponding pages in the Handbook of Nature Study, a poem, a piece of art AND extension activities.

Great Nature Study Resources - Exploring Nature with Children


If you are going for nature walks or hikes and good backpack is a must! I like to keep my backpack filled with our normal nature walk supplies which mostly includes: local field guides, a magnifying glass (and binoculars if we had them!) and my nature journal and supplies (the kids usually do theirs when we get home). Other supplies including more books, snacks, water, etc, get added depending on where we are going/how long we’re going for.

Great Nature Study Resources - Nature Bag


This is My Classroom Tee – I designed this shirt a few months ago and you can now order your own, it’s the perfect attire for the nature lover out there.

The World is My Classroom - Homeschool Tee and Apparel


We like to use Art for Kids Hub for drawing tutorials, sometimes they are more cartoony than realistic but I think it’s a great way to learn.

For nature study purposes I would suggest look at these sections: animals, bugs, flowers, spring, summer, autumn and winter

The Best Nature Study Resources - Art for Kids Hub



Coming soon!

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