What could be more motivating for nature study than learning about some of the most famous naturalists of the 1800 and 1900s! Each of these scientists had a passion about nature that led to incredible accomplishments.
Are you wondering what the No Sweat Nature Study series has to offer? Click that little tab above to find out!
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau
Have you ever been around someone who’s passionate about something? They typically get pretty excited about their passion, don’t they? And, being around their passion can often inspire us to get excited about the subject, too.
Be ready to feel a tinge of excitement as you go through this curriculum! Learn about EIGHT famous naturalists and the passion each one had for learning science through nature.
Enjoy the biographies of:
- John James Audubon
- Henry David Thoreau
- John Muir
- Florence Merriam Bailey
- John Chapman
- Anna Bostford Comstock
- Gregor Mendel
- Ladybird Johnson
Each of these people had a unique love for specific things in nature that led to major advancements in scientific understanding, nature study, and/or protection of nature and you’ll get to “meet” every one of them!
Dig a little deeper into all sorts of science concepts yourself throughout the study as you learn about birds, wildflowers, apple trees, ponds, genetics, and national parks through a great mix of varied media and activities.
Grab a nature journal and get ready to sketch birds like John James Audubon and practice entomology like Anna Botsford Comstock. Be prepared to sharpen your observation skills and even dream about your own passions (and so much more) as you spend a little quality time with these eight famous naturalists.
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -John Muir
Gather multiple ages for lessons that are suitable for everyone from 1st-8th grades with just about any learning style or ability.
- 34 pages
- Digital curriculum
- Appropriate for black and white printing
- Printing is not necessary
- Content suitable for charter schools
What is No Sweat Nature Study?
Have you ever wished for a nature study that simply didn’t require any outdoor time?
No packing of bags full of nature journals and sunblock.
No half-days spent driving to and from the nature trails.
No whining about the temperature that’s either too hot or too cold.
Well, it’s here.
The No Sweat Nature Study series allows you to teach nature-based lessons from the comfort of your home or classroom using an amazing variety of fresh resources that will make a deep scientific impact on your students.
Through the use of kid-friendly, hand-selected videos, websites, online images, and books, you can teach nature study topics to multiple ages in short bursts of time.
Wait. Some of you are die-hard fans of “real” nature study – the outdoor kind – and you’re wondering how this curriculum could be legit, aren’t you?
Trust me when I say I am all for getting outdoors for real-life nature study. In fact, nature walks have been a weekly habit around our house for years and years now – and they’ve made a huge difference in our homeschool.
Some people just don’t like getting outside, though. Others struggle with time, energy, health, or climate issues. Some are attempting to teach nature study in co-ops or classrooms without options to get outdoors frequently.
I want everyone to have the opportunity to study in-depth nature topics, and this curriculum is just about as close to real life nature walks as you can get without going outside.
But, don’t stop reading just yet my “real” nature study friend. YOU can benefit from this curriculum, too! It’s a great way to add some depth and understanding to things you’re already discovering in the field during your nature walks.
Whether your a fan of nature walks or not, you’ll find this series to provide you with a unique method to experience nature study!
- You get to choose exactly how much and what you study as you work through eight lessons.
- The activities are leveled for difficulty, while allowing you the opportunity to do more or less depending on the interests and abilities of your students.
- Whether you do a little or a lot from each lesson, rest assured that serious nature-based science will be learned.
This curriculum is perfect to add to a morning time routine. It’s also perfect to use once-a-week as a supplement to your regular science curriculum. If you choose to do all the lessons and really dig deep within each, you could use No Sweat Nature Study as your complete science curriculum for whichever topics you choose. How you choose to use it is really up to you!
Written with 1st-8th graders in mind, the topics are really very in-depth. Using kid-size terminology and resources, I think you’ll be surprised and excited about how much scientific information your students are able to absorb!
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lizzieo (verified owner) –
Cindy, Our backyard faces the foothills of our Idaho mountains, The Oregon Trail and a vast array of wildlife. Nature study is not a chore for this family so the Famous Naturalists study has just been a perfect fit for us. You really have made it so easy to open and go with this study for our 11 year old son who is an avid bird watcher. He was studying John Muir and went to planning an imagined 1,000 mile trip on foot, to a rabbit trail with Google maps to space, The White House and not wanting his research to end. Thank you!
Cindy (verified owner) –
What an amazing blessing to have so much incredible nature in your backyard! Thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review. It really means a lot to me to hear such encouraging words!