A Bramble Nature Study for the Entire Family

Are you looking for a fun and educational activity to engage your children’s curiosity about prickly things in nature? Look no further than the latest episode of the No Sweat Nature Study podcast, where Mrs. Cindy teaches a bramble nature study.

Explore the fascinating world of blackberries and raspberries while discovering the science behind these prickly plants.

Brambles in sunset

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Bramble Nature Study

Join Mrs. Cindy as she recounts experiences picking wild blackberries and raspberries on her farm. The very pointy prickles that line the stems of these plants sure can pose a challenge when trying to harvest the delicious aggregate fruits!

Those pesky prickles serve as a natural defense mechanism for each plant, deterring animals (including humans) from devouring the fruits and damaging the leaves and stems of the plants. Doesn’t it sound strange that plants need defensive mechanisms to protect themselves? Believe it or not, a surprising number of plants have prickles, as well as other amazing defensive tools!

Large bramble thorn stalk with sharp spikes.

Interestingly, these prickly vines and shrubs known as brambles are part of the rose family of plants. Yes, blackberries and raspberries are related to roses! Long, arching stems intertwined in a tangle give them a characteristic brambly look that’s unlike most other plants.

They can grow in many different places, including forests, fields, and along roadsides. You can even sometimes find them in gardens and parks. Brambles are often used by birds and other animals for nesting and to find a safe shelter among the sharp prickles.

Bramble Nature Walk Challenge

Download your free Brambles Nature Walk Challenge below. It will be instantly delivered to your email inbox and you’ll be ready to grab a nature journal and some brightly colored pencils or oil pastels for an exciting nature walk!

Bramble Nature Study Video Class

In the No Sweat Nature Study LIVE video class about brambles, you’ll learn so much more about the rose family of plants, specifically the Rubus genus. That’s the fancy scientific name for plants that are brambles!

You’ll get up close and personal with a few bramble plants and will identify their similarities and differences. Not only will you notice the physical characteristics, but you’ll create a nature journal page to show the similarities in the shrub structure, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits!

Frosty brambles

Nature Walk Curriculum

The best way to learn more about bramble nature study is to join the No Sweat Nature Study Video Classes. If you’re not ready for membership yet, any of these curriculum guides can help you explore similar topics.

Understanding how to identify Flower Families opens up a new world of observation in nature study. You’ll love how easy it is to teach these identification and comparison skills in this fun curriculum!

Just how do plants protect themselves from herbivores and illnesses? You’ll be amazed at the many Defense Mechanisms of Plants! From thorns and poisons to stinky smells and self-destruction, plants are prepared for battle.

Links and Resources

Finding and identifying brambles is so much fun with either of the berry field guides listed below!

Handbook of Nature StudyBerry Finder: A guide to native plants with fleshy fruits (Nature Study Guides)Wild Berries & Fruits Field Guide of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio (Wild Berries & Fruits Identification Guides)Canson 100510926 XL Mix Media Paper Pad, 98 Pound, 7 x 10 Inch, 60 SheetsAmazon Basics Premium Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 24 Count (Pack of 1)Crayola Original Marker Set, Fine Tip, Assorted Classic Colors, Set of 10


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