Nature Study: Stars

Nature study is harder in February than at other times of the year. Flowers are dormant. Creatures are hiding. Trees are bare. But, the night sky is beautiful. It gets dark early, and the cold seems to make the stars brighter. We’ve gathered some information about constellations that you might be able to see from … Continue reading Nature Study: Stars

Nature Study: Bodies of Water

Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in Yellowstone National Park. Don’t make it hard. Just go outside. This month, we suggest you spend some time outside every day that the weather is reasonable, and walk or drive to some different bodies of … Continue reading Nature Study: Bodies of Water

Nature Study: Evergreens

Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in Yellowstone National Park. Don’t make it hard. Just go outside. This month, we suggest you spend some time outside every day that the weather is reasonable, and keep an eye out for Evergreen Trees. We’ll … Continue reading Nature Study: Evergreens

Nature Study: Winter Backyard Birds

Birds are so familiar that you might not always notice them. In reality, they are amazing creatures! Keep an eye out for these birds in your yard, and watch them carefully. Pay close attention! Can you learn these things about each of the birds you see? What does the bird look like? What shape is … Continue reading Nature Study: Winter Backyard Birds

Nature Study: Honeybees

By Julie McIntosh, beekeeper and HSOK Trustee Can you imagine having over 20,000 sisters? A honeybee can have that many or more! Almost all bees in a hive are female, and all the eggs they hatched from were laid by the same queen mother. That makes them all sisters!  The honeybee is a fantastic creature … Continue reading Nature Study: Honeybees

Nature Study: Butterflies

Exploring the World of Butterflies If you ask my kids what their favorite field trip was over the years,  they will always tell you that their trips to see butterfly exhibits were their favorite.  I always find this surprising because we have had the opportunity to venture on some amazing field trips.  Our favorite butterfly … Continue reading Nature Study: Butterflies

A Nature Study Example Project: Making a Leaf Book

Adventuring We Shall Go… Reflecting back on some of our favorite science adventures, I am happy that we did so many hands-on activities.  Many of our science studies were focused around a kitchen counter, but some of them sent us on an excursion to explore the beauty outside.  One such adventure took us leaf collecting … Continue reading A Nature Study Example Project: Making a Leaf Book