Journaling a Year in Nature

Journaling a Year in Nature

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A beautiful and sturdy journal with gentle prompts to give you ideas of what to look for in nature study throughout each of the four seasons. Inspiring quotes, helpful nature tips, and heavy paper with plenty of room for drawing, painting, and writing about your nature finds. A lovely weekly guide to hours in the out-of-doors! (Grades 1–12) See full description →

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A nature-diary is a source of delight!

If you find yourself wanting to love nature study but not quite sure how to go about it, Journaling a Year in Nature is for you. This guided nature journal will take you by the hand and walk you through the seasons of the year, giving you gentle prompts and timely encouragement every week.

With Journaling a Year in Nature, you will receive

  • Simple seasonal prompts to give you ideas of what you might look for in nature around you. Thirteen prompts for each of the four seasons of the year (one per week). Complete the prompts in any order within each season.
  • Inspiring quotes to spark a naturalist’s enthusiasm in your own heart.
  • Helpful tips to encourage you to feel at home in nature.
  • Lovely, heavy paper for drawing or painting and plenty of room to record your observations.
  • A durable laminated cover that can stand up to weekly treks in the out-of-doors.
  • A spiral binding so your notebook will conveniently lay flat as you record your nature finds.

Order one for each child and one for yourself. Make it a habit to complete this beautiful journal every year, and you may discover that nature is not the only thing that grows!

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Printed Book, E-book (pdf)


Sonya Shafer, Karen Smith

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8 reviews for Journaling a Year in Nature

  1. :

    Not a review, but a question if I may. If I buy the ebook version of this title, what kind of paper should I print it on? What type of “heavy paper” is the printed book printed on, and are all the pages printed on that paper, or just the ones for journaling on? Thanks for making this available! 🙂

    • :

      Good question, Angie. One of the big advantages of this journal is the nice heavy paper it is printed on. Every page is printed on durable #67 vellum Bristol paper. (Those are the official specs from our printer and detail the weight, texture, and finish of the paper. It’s a bit of a foreign language!) In everyday terms, you might compare the paper to a reply card inside a magazine; not as thick as a business card, but similar to five sheets of regular paper in thickness.

      I would recommend you print the whole book on the heavy paper. Only two sheets are not intended for journaling: the title page/How to Use sheet in the front and the field guide recommendations/copyright in the back.

  2. :

    Looks great! Question: What are the dimensions of the book? Wondering if it will fit into the bags my kids take outside on their nature studies. Thank you!

    • :

      The book is about 9.25 inches wide by 11 inches tall.

  3. :

    Does this journal provide ideas of nature study activities as well as the pages for recording observations?

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      Yes, there are weekly nature study prompts that you can use in any order you like.

  4. :

    This looks lovely! I have a question too. I am guessing that it is divided by season and has a section in each season for each thing observed (tree, sun, moon, insects, etc)?

    • :

      Yes, the journal is divided into four seasons, and prompts you or the child to observe the same things each season so you can see how they change.

  5. :

    I’m wondering if this journal will hold up well getting tossed in a backpack. The description says it’s sturdy. But does that mean it’s a hardcover?

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      The cover is laminated cardstock. We’ve tried to tear it but haven’t been able to so far.

  6. :

    Hello! I’m interested in purchasing “Jack’s Insects” and the companion book “Jack’s Insects Narration & Nature Study Book” for my (first time homeschooling) 5th-grade son. I also had “Journaling a Year in Nature” on my shopping list as well. But as I’m reading through the descriptions of each I’m wondering if this would be redundant? Or would they complement each other? Thanks in advance for your guidance!

    • :

      Good question, Kerry. As you probably noticed, the Jack’s Insects Narration & Nature Study Book has much more than just the nature study pages; it contains narration questions, a geographical component, and extra recommended reading and websites to learn more about each insect that Jack meets throughout the chapters. If we compare just the nature study components, Jack’s has pages in the back for drawing and recording bugs, insects, and spiders, as well as a master list to record those you have seen. Journaling a Year in Nature has pages for a wider variety of nature; e.g., plants, animals, weather, stars, etc.

      A few ways to approach this come to mind:

      You could focus only on bugs, insects, and spiders for your nature study all year, using the Jack’s Insects books. Then expand your focus next year with Journaling a Year in Nature.

      You could get both and do nature study twice a week—one day focused on insects using the Jack’s notebook, the other day using the nature study prompt in Journaling.

      You could get both and make Journaling your primary nature study prompter. On the weeks that it prompts you to look at insects, you could record your findings in the Jack’s notebook in more detail. Of course, as you see insects incidentally throughout the weeks, you could add those to your Jack’s notebook without waiting for the specified prompted week too.

      I hope these ideas help some with your decision. Whichever option you choose, I hope you and your son enjoy Jack’s and enjoy nature!

  7. :

    Hi, I was wondering how useable this journal would be in a different climate? We live in a place where we enjoy hot season, rainy season, and cool season rather than the seasons experienced in North America. Would this journal still be useful? Thank you!

    • :

      Journaling a Year in Nature intentionally doesn’t require a certain climate for its prompts to work. No matter what your weather or climate is like, you will be observing what happens during different times of year in your area as you follow the prompts.

  8. :

    Hi, I was just wondering how many pages are in this book?

    • :

      The book has 116 pages.

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