5 Reasons for Nature Walks + Observation Printable

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In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, it’s easy to overlook the beauty and wonder of the natural world around us. But for homeschooling parents like us, integrating nature into our curriculum can be a powerful tool for both education and rejuvenation. One of the most accessible and enriching ways to do this is through regular nature walks.

Seriously, some days when homeschooling is more of a challenge than usual, there’s nothing better to renew the mind and body than heading out with the kids for a nature walk!

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5 Reasons for Nature Walks

Nature walks offer a myriad of benefits for homeschooling families. They provide a hands-on way to teach children about ecology, biology, botany, geology, and more.

“But beyond academic subjects, nature walks also foster a deep appreciation for the environment, encourage physical activity, and promote mindfulness.”

Exploration and Discovery

Nature walks are all about exploration and discovery. Encourage your children to use all their senses as they explore their surroundings. What do they see, hear, smell, and feel? Encourage them to touch different textures, listen to the sounds of birds chirping or leaves rustling in the wind, and observe the colors and patterns of plants and animals.

Learning Opportunities

Every aspect of nature presents a learning opportunity. From identifying different species of birds and trees to studying the life cycles of insects or the erosion of rocks, there’s no shortage of topics to explore. Bring along field guides or use smartphone apps to help identify plants, animals, and geological features.

This Nature Walk Observation Printable will help your kids keep track of things you’ve observed out in nature, including plants and trees, animals, and insects, as well as a way to track sights, sounds, smells, reflections, and the weather during each nature walk.

Use our free Nature Walk Observation Printable to track kids nature observations

Journaling and Documentation

Encourage your children to keep a nature journal to document their observations and discoveries. They can sketch plants, animals, and landscapes, take notes about what they see and hear, or even write poems inspired by nature. Journaling not only reinforces learning but also helps children develop their writing and observation skills.

Engaging in “Citizen Science”

Many organizations offer citizen science projects that allow families to contribute valuable data while enjoying nature. From bird counts to butterfly migrations, participating in these projects can be both educational and rewarding. It also instills a sense of responsibility for the environment and a connection to a larger scientific community.

Honing the Power of Observation

Nature walks provide an excellent opportunity to hone the power of observation. Encourage your children to notice the subtle details – the veins on a leaf, the intricate patterns of a spider’s web, or the way sunlight filters through the trees. Developing keen observation skills not only enhances their understanding of the natural world but also carries over into other areas of life.

You can also use things you find out in nature to do fun crafts, like these:

Closing Thoughts on Nature Walks

Incorporating regular nature walks into your homeschooling routine can have a profound impact on your children’s education and overall well-being. Not only do they provide valuable learning opportunities across a range of subjects, but they also foster a deeper connection to the environment and promote mindfulness and physical activity.

So lace up your shoes, grab your binoculars and field guides, and embark on a journey of exploration and discovery in the great outdoors. Your children – and your homeschool curriculum – will thank you for it.

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  1. Weird question… do you happen to know how long ago the gondolas replaced the cog railway? Your pictures from the more recent post immediately made me think I’ve been there, but I’m not sure it was the same place.

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