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Outdoor Hour Challenge Plans for Autumn and Winter

Outdoor Hour Challenge Plans for Sept 16 to March 17 @handbookofnaturestudy

I know many of you are starting your school year shortly and I thought it might be helpful to share my plans for the Outdoor Hour Challenge for the up-coming autumn and winter seasons. This is a period in my life when keeping things simple is my primary goal. In meditating on what to do for the autumn and winter seasons as far as nature study, I decided it would be interesting and fun to work back through some nature study topics found in the archives.

This will free my time up to pursue a new series of Outdoor Hour Challenges to be published next spring!


Just a note to those who have asked- I am going to continue the Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter again this year! I would love to have some help writing articles so if you haven’t already heard from me about contributing to the newsletter, please email me or leave me a comment here with your contact information and I will explain how to submit an article.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Autumn 2016 More Nature Study Autumn Ebook

Autumn 2016 Plans

Use the More Nature Study – Autumn ebook from the archives. Work through all of the topics and share our experiences. You can access this ebook in the Ultimate Naturalist Library if you are a member. It is not absolutely necessary to have the ebook but it does have custom notebooking pages for both regular and advanced learners. Please click over and read the entry that lists all of the ebook’s contents.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Winter 2016 More Nature Study Winter

Winter 2016 Plans

Use the More Nature Study – Winter Wonder ebook from the archives. This book is part of the Ultimate Naturalist Library for members. Again, it is not a requirement that you have the ebook but it is very convenient and helpful to have access to the challenges and the custom notebooking pages as we work through the series of nature study challenges.

Ultimate Ebook Library @handbookofnaturestudyUse the discount code NATURE5 to receive $5 off an Ultimate Naturalist Membership!


Outdoor Hour Challenge Blog Carnival Button @handbookofnaturestudy

Plus! I am reinstating the Outdoor Hour Challenge Blog Carnival but instead of monthly it will be quarterly.

Here are the carnival dates:

  • November 1, 2016
  • February 1, 2017
  • May 1, 2017
  • August 1, 2017

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All nature study type entries can be submitted, preferably entries that highlight the Outdoor Hour Challenge and Handbook of Nature Study newsletter activities. Deadline for entries for the first carnival will be 10/26/16. You can send in your entries to

You can grab one of the OHC Carnival buttons from this entry for your blog if you would like to share this event. A link back to this blog would be much appreciated.

If you have any questions or comments about the plans, please feel free to email me or leave a comment here on the blog.



2 thoughts on “Outdoor Hour Challenge Plans for Autumn and Winter

  1. I would like to teach my middle schoolers to garden since we have new land and can put up a nice new garden. Do you have any recommendations of resources that are more hands on (like your hour challenges) than they are reading resources? Thanks.

    1. I can’t think of any off the top of my head. You might try this link:

      Sounds like fun!

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