Hours in the Out-of-Doors Links and Tips

Hours in the Out-of-Doors

The Bonus Features below are related to our book Hours in the Out-of-Doors: A Charlotte Mason Nature Study Handbook. Compiled into this volume are all of Charlotte’s comments on nature study, arranged by topic.

Be sure to check back here from time to time. We will be adding new and updated resources related to the book as we get them.

If you have some resources that you’d like to recommend or other ideas that you would like to share, please send us a message. Please note: We list these websites because we think they have some information that will be helpful to you, but we don’t necessarily agree with everything they may contain. As always, use discretion and wisdom.

Nature Projects

Helpful Nature Study Web Sites

  • The Handbook of Nature Study blog—Barb has done a wonderful job of making nature study seem less intimidating. Visit her helpful blog for a vast array of nature study ideas, tips, and encouragement!

General Nature



General Science

Astronomy and Weather


Books Mentioned in Hours in the Out-of-Doors

Nature Study Books, Magazines, Notebooking Pages, and More

Nature Artists

Photographic Nature Diaries


  1. I’ve found the website http://www.greenhour.org a great help and spur in getting us outdoors and observing. Sometimes we follow all the suggested activity, and sometimes we get outdoors, begin, and then find something else more interesting, but somehow we get outdoors sooner with a bit of an objective in mind, even if it is flexible and we often veer off into something else. The website is set up in response to Richard Louv’s excellent “Last Child In The Woods” which descries our terrible track record in this day and age in getting our children outside.
    Our family also loves geocaching and it, too, is a great spur to getting outside. Again, there is an objective–using global positioning technology to find “caches” hidden by others–but nearly always some hiking is involved. And, when hiking with children, of course you must stop and examine every bug, listen to every bird, smell every wildflower. We had a lovely day Saturday, in which we found 24 caches, and also a tree covered with ladybugs, 20+ monarchs heading south, way too many mosquitoes, trees with interesting hollows, several varieties of goldenrod—you get the idea.
    For more information, look at http://www.geocaching.com If you join and go there, look us up (we are houseofboys ) and join the fun!

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