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Winter Series of Outdoor Hour Challenges-Ebook Now Available!

I am really excited to announce that I have finished writing a completely new ebook for the Winter Series of Outdoor Hour Challenges. This ebook is a unique product that includes not only ten nature study challenges but three months’ worth of art and music appreciation with a winter theme! This is the first time I have combined all three elements into a full length ebook and I am anxious to share it with all of my readers and their families.

I have worked hard to produce an exciting ebook to help you with simple winter nature study and give you some help and direction in providing art and music appreciation. This unique nature study book also includes everything you need to study art and music all winter long. I invite you to download the sample and see how you can get started with nature study, artist study, and composer study this winter!

Here is an overview!

  • 10 Winter Series Outdoor Hour Challenges: winter cattail, winter tree, winter sky, winter weather, pine tree study, salt study, winter bird, small square, winter mammal, and early spring flower study.
  • 13 custom notebook pages to complement those challenges
  • 3 different artists to study-one per month (Caspar David Friedrich, Gilbert Stuart, and Claude Monet)
  • 3 different composers to study-one per month (Vivaldi, Waldteufel, and Dvorak)
  • 11 custom notebook pages to use in following up your art and music study
  • 3 paintings included for you to print or view
  • Ideas for art projects to complete your art appreciation with common art supplies you probably have on hand
  • Resource list
  • Clickable links
  • View a sample: Winter Series Sample

In total, this new Winter Nature Study ebook is 56 pages long. You will have a complete plan at your fingertips for your winter nature study, art appreciation, and music study. All of the art prints are included in the ebook and there are links to viewing them online as well. All of the music planned is available to listen to online. You will need to have the Handbook of Nature Study in order to complete the nature study challenges. I have aimed to keep these challenges and studies as simple as possible with very few additional resources needed.


Please realize that the challenges are listed on the winter tab at the top of my blog but the ebook gathers the challenges all into one easy to use resource along with the custom notebook pages.


88 thoughts on “Winter Series of Outdoor Hour Challenges-Ebook Now Available!

  1. Sounds wonderful! Thank you for the chance to win!

  2. Hi Barb, thanks for the opportunity to win an eBook! My email is:

    Have a blessed week!!

  3. I would definitely like to be entered in the giveaway. Congratulations on putting it all together! Thanks for your hard work.

    I’ll be linking it on my blog in tomorrow’s posting.

  4. Oh this sounds like a wonderful series. I’d love to have this ebook!

  5. I was just thinking about the winter challenge series tonight as I was driving home from our evening activities, wondering when it would start. Glad I checked. : ) The ebook sounds wonderful! ~ Kellie

  6. Oh wow! I would love this e-book!! Thanks for the chance to win it, it looks great!! 🙂

  7. This looks like another good ebook.

  8. I would really love to win this. You can reach me at or

  9. This ebook sounds wonderful. I’d love to win a copy!

  10. This is exactly what we need to jump start our school in January! We are headed out-doors!
    Journaling is going to become a large part of our learning process,,, Thanks for such a nice giveaway opportunity Laura

  11. I’m always ready for some nature study ideas and encouragement!

  12. Thank you so much for taking the time to put everything together! We stumbled on your site not that long ago and now that colds and the holidays are behind us, we can’t wait to get started!

    Thanks for the chance to win too…My e-mail is

  13. Thanks for the tools you’ve given us for nature study, and for this giveaway. Crossing our fingers! Lavender (

  14. Thanks for the opportunity to win–I have secretly admired your books from afar.

    Even if I don’t win, I don’t think I can pass this one up!

    Great job.

  15. The eBook sounds fabulous. My e-mail is:

  16. Your ebook sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  17. This looks wonderful!! We just started with our first outdoor challenge last week and had lots of fun! I’m looking forward to lots more time out doors with the family! We have 25 acres and don’t spend nearly enough time exploring it!!

  18. Can’t wait to embark on the winter study.
    I bragged about your great nature study challenges on my blog.

  19. include me please and thank you for having a giveaway so early in the year! Yay!

  20. Thanks-the inclusion of art and music looks exciting!!

    I made sure to mention this on my blog. ( )

  21. I love the opportunity to win!

  22. I am excited to begin this with our family. Always love what you do! My email is

  23. Your ebook sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  24. I love the combination of nature, visual art, and music. They go so naturally together, after all nature inspires so much!

  25. Hi Barb,
    Please enter me in this giveaway! Congratulations on the great writing you do here all the time, but especially on this great-looking program! I’ve been reading you for a while here. I homeschool three boys, 14, 11 and 6. I love seeing the adventures you have with your boys, and I love the way you encourage them to be sensitive to the beauty of the world. We are arts lovers here, too. My email is –Elizabeth Kay

  26. Please enter me in the giveaway! This sounds wonderful!

  27. I just started nature study with my kids as part of our homeschool curriculum and this book of your would send us happily on our way!

  28. We are starting Nature Hours this year. I would love to win this book to help round out our experience. Thank you for a chance to win!

  29. Hi there!

    I just blogged about your ebook!

    Thank you for the chance to win!


  30. OOOO, I’ve wanted to add nature studies for a long time. This looks like a wonderful book.

  31. This looks quite motivating coming back to home schooling after a couple weeks.

    Michelle Olson in Memphis –

  32. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! It looks wonderful and may be just the thing to get us outside and enjoy some fresh but very cold air!

  33. Oh I would love the opportunity for this! Thanks so much!
    christin.slade @ yahoo (dot) com 🙂

  34. Yay! A chance to win! Count me in. Thanks for the opportunity.

  35. Wow the new book sounds great! I would love to win.

    Mrs. H

  36. Hello!

    We would love to win :). My email is heikesharp (at) I also just posted on my blog

  37. Winter nature studies? We could use that right now! Please enter me!

    tdrowlee AT yahoo DoT com

  38. Hi Barb,
    Thanks so much for the chance to win the giveaway. I appreciate all that you do! There’s no way my family would have explored as much of nature as we now do without the your encouragement of your blog! God bless you!

  39. This couldn’t come at a better time. We’ll banish cabin fever!

  40. OOPS! I forgot to leave my email with my comment… dahlhouse at gmail dot come. Thanks so much for everything you do!

  41. I would love a chance to win this ebook.

    I was just thinking about you yesterday during our nature time. My boys seem so hyper during this time and I get so frustrated. But then I could hear you say “only have about 15 minutes of structured time of learning” I would rather have 2 hours, everyone quietly searching out different things in nature. Instead my family had snowball fights and tackling in the snow. At least they do love our “nature walk” times.

  42. Barb,
    I would like an entry for this great Ebook!

    Andi at the –

    Thanks for hosting!

  43. Barb,
    I posted a link and mention on my blog for your giveaway! Thanks so much!

  44. Please enter me in your giveaway and thanks for all the wonderful resources you provide us with. May God continue to richly bless you.

  45. Barb, thanks for sharing all your hard work. I would love a chance to win your new winter e-book! My email is heartsintraining dot loni at gmail dot com


  46. Barb-
    I’m so glad you’ve made another challenge e-book!

  47. Barb, the new ebook sounds great! I have a question about the outdoor challenges though….does one need to live where there is ice and snow to complete them? Thanks for any additional info you can share.

    I’ll be sure to mention this on my blog tomorrow too.


  48. Kim,
    You do not need ice and snow to complete the winter challenges. I have made them so that even if you live in warmer climates you can still use the ideas to do some winter nature style study.

    Thanks for asking,

  49. This sounds great!!

  50. Yeah! Can’t wait to start the Winter Nature Study.

    ranidai at hotmail dot com

  51. I’d love to win this, it looks great!!!


  52. I’d love to be entered for a chance to win. Thank you!

    I just picked up the book Discover Nature in Winter and we had our first “outdoor hour” but I am confused about how to join your site. Any help would be appreciated!

  53. i’d like to be entered in the drawing. Thanks, Olga (

  54. I would love to be entered in the giveaway. I’m always trying to incorporate nature studies and still haven’t found a great way to do it.
    You can reach me at:
    Thanks so much!

  55. I love this concept. I am incorporating nature studies in our area – CCC – Currently Cold Canada – beginning tomorrow. And even if I don’t win, I will definately be looking into ordering your book. It sounds like a wonderful resource for our homeschool – as well as a wonderful resource for anyone wanting to incorporate a bit of nature into their childrens lives. Thank you for all your hard work!

  56. and then I forgot my email…lol…


  57. Hi Barb! Thanks so much for the opportunity! This looks like another GREAT resource! We are on holidays here at present in Australia and it is summer but I know that I would still use this come winter! Looking forward to starting your challenges again soon!!! Thanks again

  58. Looks like a great resource! Thanks!

  59. Thanks for the giveaway! Looking forward to doing more nature studies in 2010!

    pasthome (at) verizon (dot) net


  60. I am excited to start the outdoor hour challenges with my family! Thank you for a chance to win an e-book!

  61. Looks like a fantastic project! I love your blog!


  62. Thanks for all the great ideas. I would love to try the winter series. Paige

  63. Hi Barb, I am excited about the Winter Nature Challenges starting up!!!! I am also excited about your newest e-book!!! WOW, it has Artist & Composer Study also!! You just can’t beat that!! I posted about this week’s Nature Study on my blog and I included info about your new e-book!! God Bless, Angie in GA

  64. Thank you so much for your blog, you’ve really helped to inspire and shape our own nature study.

    Looking forward to the new year!

  65. please enter me in your drawing for the new ebook. It looks super! or

  66. Posted a link for your new ebook from my blog –

  67. This looks great! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Melanie Tindale
    melanietindale42 at

  68. Hi Barb,
    I’m looking forward to the winter challenges. Please enter me in the giveaway. My email:

  69. Always interested to get something you’ve done!!

  70. I would love a chance to win. My email is Looks wonderful.

  71. It’s past noon on the 8th my time…but I’m on CST! So I hope I get in under the wire…just discovered your blog and these e-books would be a wonderful resource with my kids!



  72. If I don’t win I want to buy it! (I hope admitting that does not disqualify me:))

    Laura in SNOWY Georgia

  73. Thanks for entering me into the drawing.


  74. WOW! This sounds like a dream come true for those “extra” but not extra curriculums! Thanks for offering the giveaway.
    Kori Ireland

  75. My kids would love this. Thank you for the chance to win this.

  76. What a great looking study!

    Valerie Neal @ mmlshomeschool @

  77. Would love to try this. I am reading a Charlotte Mason Companion now and look forward to integrating more CM into our homeschool. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  78. Looks great! thanks for doing all this hard work!


  79. looks amazing, the nature is so beautiful during the winter.

  80. I would LOVE to win this! We are flittering at the outdoor challenges, and love what we have done so far. Thanks for all of your hard work! Sidne

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