50 Amazing Nature Study Resources

Giant list of nature study resources

I often get asked how we do nature study. In my previous post, I shared three simple steps to incorporate nature study into your homeschool day. Because there will always be gaps in a child’s education, teaching them how to learn is so much more important than what they learn. Research skills are vital for success, and nature study is the perfect way to teach these skills.

Today, I’m going to share some recommended resources for researching nature finds. Some of these are region-specific and others are applicable to all of North America. Almost all of them are ones we have and use, although a couple of them are still on our wishlist. I’ve divided them up by subject of study.

General Reference:

Birds:

152462: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Sixth Edition Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Sixth Edition
06660: Peterson First Guide to Birds Peterson First Guide to Birds
71624X: Birds, Nests and Eggs Birds, Nests and Eggs

The resource our family uses most of all is the free Merlin Bird ID app. You don’t need data or WiFi in order to use it, which makes it perfect for on-the-go bird identification.

Insects:

811632: Simon & Schuster Children Simon & Schuster Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders
507630: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders
19140: The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies
716746: Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies

Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians:

46311: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals, Revised National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals, Revised
715790: Rabbits, Squirrels and Chipmunks, softcover edition Rabbits, Squirrels and Chipmunks, softcover edition
508246: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians
716274: Snakes, Salamanders and Lizards Snakes, Salamanders and Lizards
715936: Frogs, Toads and Turtles Frogs, Toads and Turtles
41488: Familiar Animal Tracks of North America Familiar Animal Tracks of North America
715995: Tracks, Scats and Signs Tracks, Scats and Signs

Trees, Plants and Fungi:

716282: Trees, Leaves and Bark Trees, Leaves and Bark
715731: Berries, Nuts and Seeds Berries, Nuts and Seeds
716428: Wildflowers, Blooms and Blossoms Wildflowers, Blooms and Blossoms
2622X: Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants Peterson Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants
10909: Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms

Rocks, Minerals, Fossils and Shells:

10969: Peterson Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals Fifth Edition Peterson Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals Fifth Edition
502698: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals
24128: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fossils National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fossils
716754: Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

Habitat Studies:

The One Small Square series is our favourite series for nature study from within the confines of our own home. We supplement with real plants, shells, skeletons and other specimens that are gifted or purchased to bring these studies to life.

Astronomy:

Star Walk 2 is a wonderful guide to planets and constellations. It’s a free app that doesn’t require data or WiFi, which means that you can use it anywhere. It shows you the sky in real time, which means that you can point it at any star in the night sky and it will identify it for you.

Other Great Books:

All opinions in this post are my own, and these are all books we love. Please note, however, that as an affiliate of The Christianbook Group, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that, should you click on a link and purchase a product, I will earn a small commission at absolutely no cost to you.



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