CM and nature study with small yard

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  • allison.gutierrez

    Hi! What is the best way to go about doing nature study with a small- medium sized yard with just a couple of trees and no close by access to nature trails and such? Does anyone have experience with the CM method without a huge yard to explore.

    Thanks to all!


    Karen Smith

    Even with a small yard you can observe lots of nature! Weather, sun, moon, stars, clouds, sunrises and sunsets, birds, grass, flowers, vegetable plants, house plants, insects, spiders, common mammals such as squirrels and chipmunks, trees in your yard, and trees and bushes in your neighborhood are just some of the possibilities for nature study with a small yard.

    Books, nature documentaries, zoos, nature centers, parks, aquariums, and pet stores are all good sources for learning about and observing things in nature that you can’t observe in “the wild” in your location.

    If you ever travel for vacations or to visit family or friends, make time to observe nature wherever you travel. Notice what is the same as at home and what is different. Travel is a great time to observe nature you might not see at home.


    Stick some bird feeders with suction cups to the windows.

    Plant pollinator-friendly flowers.  You can study both the flowers and the bees and butterflies that come to them.

    Study the trees in your backyard.

    Study the moon, constellations, weather, and climate. Eric Sloane has a bokk called ,”Look at the Sky and Tell the Weather” that I’ve heard nothing but good things about.

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