I grab the nature study backpack as we head out the door. It’s a beautiful day and we are on our way to a local park to see how many trees we can find. (If you are not knowledgable about nature and feel inadequate, you can learn alongside your children as I am.)
One of the keys to getting outside and actually learning about nature is having a nature study bag packed and ready to go. I keep ours stocked and ready to grab as we head out the door. This eliminates the last minute scramble to find supplies. Here’s what I include in our nature study bag.
What To Pack In A Nature Study Bag
- Magnifying glass
- Bug net
- Container to carry home nature discoveries (a container with a lid with holes is helpful)
- Field guides (optional, but helpful), a suggested list is provided below
- A nature journal per person. This can be a blank sketchbook, a binder with paper and sheet protectors, or a combination of both.
- Colored pencils (the Prismacolor brand is a little more expensive, but is a better quality and allows you to blend the colors)
- Water color paints, watercolor pencils, and/or watercolor crayons (optional)
- Oil pastels (optional)
- Paint brushes (optional)
- Cup for water (optional)
- Paper towels
- Bandages (you never know what you might encounter)
General Nature Study Resources
- Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock or read online/download ebook
- How to Make a Flower Press
- iBird app for smart phones
- The Outdoor Hour Challenges blog
Nature Study Field Guides
- Birds of Oklahoma Field Guide by Stan Tekiela
- Geography Field Guide by Crystal Wagner
- Laminated Pocket Field Guides—These guides are wonderful for carrying in a backpack.
- National Audubon Society Field Guides
- Peterson Field Guides
- Peterson First Field Guides—These guides are small. You could carry one in your backpack.