(8 customer reviews)

No Sweat Nature Study Membership

From: $25.00 / month


Nature study is important because it provides real-life foundations for all the sciences. Yes, all of them. It encourages higher-order thinking skills through observation, investigation, research, comparison, classification, experimentation, and so much more. Mrs. Cindy is here to help you make nature study easy in your homeschool…and you won’t have to do anything more than turn on the computer!

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No Sweat Nature Study LIVE

What’s Included in a No Sweat Nature Study Membership?

Two Live Nature Study Classes Each Month

  • All No Sweat Nature Study classes are geared toward 1st-8th grades and can be used with the entire family at the same time. Younger and older students are welcome to join and often get a lot from the lessons.
  • Each class lasts 30-60 minutes and includes opportunities for your students to learn about the science topic at hand, complete a nature notebooking page, gain rich scientific vocabulary, interact with the teacher via a chat function, and generally have fun!
  • All classes are recorded and placed in a library for you, so there are no worries about scheduling conflicts.

Learning Resources + Podcast Episodes

  • Optional resources build excitement and encourage even more in-depth learning. 
  • Find printable word search pages to review scientific vocabulary, hands-on extension ideas, kid-friendly research-based project ideas, nature walk prompts, and tried and true booklists.
  • Each lesson comes with a supporting podcast episode, too!

Access to the Complete Video Library

  • All live classes are recorded and placed into a video library for you to access at any time during your membership. 
  • Frequent bonus videos are placed in the library as well!

25% Off the Our Journey Westward Shop

  • Members automatically receive 25% off all purchases from the Our Journey Westward shop for the duration of the membership. 

Regular Newsletter

  • A regular email serves to remind you about upcoming classes and resources in the membership.


Science Lessons · Nature Notebooking · Interactive Fun

NSNS Spring/Summer 2024 Calendar with pictures of kids working, covers of three curriculum packets, and an icon of a green and blue dragonfly.


Click here to download the 2024 spring & summer schedule.

Click here to download a list of all the videos waiting for you in the member library.

Click here to view a sample class.


Who Should Join the No Sweat Nature Study LIVE Membership?


Ok. Maybe not everyone, but it’s appropriate for any student in 1st-8th grade. Homeschool families, co-op classes, after-school programs, and even regular classrooms will love it. The membership works well for:

  • Families or groups with multiple ages
  • Children of all learning abilities
  • Children of all learning styles
  • Children who like to get outside and those who don’t
  • Anyone living anywhere in the world during any season of the year



“We love your classes! They are absolutely one of our favorite homeschooling activities!” Cameron

“We have enjoyed Cindy’s classes for a while now and always learn something new. My two boys are loving the nature studies! They are excited to get outside to discover things after every class, too!” Jen

“Thank you so much for your nature studies!  Thank you for teaching my kids- they LOVE it.  And THANK YOU for teaching me how to TEACH!!!  I can’t thank you enough.” Kristin



1 month = $25 (That’s only $12.50 per lesson!)

3 months = $65 (That’s a free lesson every quarter!)

12 months = $225 (That’s 3 months free!)


Meet Your Teacher

Cindy West

Cindy West is a 20-year veteran of homeschooling with a master’s degree in education. A popular homeschool speaker and author of more than 30 nature study curriculum guides, she’s a very engaging teacher who loves to make learning fun, yet meaningful.


Do You Have Other Questions?

Scroll back up just a tad and click on the Frequently Asked Questions box. You should find answers to just about all your questions there. If not, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer!


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Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a science program for the entire family! Mrs. Cindy West, a veteran homeschooler with a master’s degree in elementary education, teaches twice monthly classes through the lens of nature study. Each class is recorded and placed in an ever-growing library that members can access 24/7. Students create stunning nature journal pages during each class, keeping them engaged while building scientific understanding.

Twice-monthly live classes, an ever-growing library of previously recorded classes with 24/7 access, and plenty of optional resources for additional learning. The extra resources include a podcast episode introducing each topic, booklists, scientific vocabulary activities, hands-on and kid-friendly research activities, and a nature walk prompt.

How long do the classes last? Each class lasts 40-60 minutes.

When do the classes meet? Lessons take place on Tuesdays at 2 pm ET on the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month.

Where do the classes meet? Classes are taught on the Zoom platform. You will preregister for each class (it’s easy) and receive a private access link via email.

What happens if I can’t attend a live class? You can watch all recorded classes from the video library for the duration of your membership. It’s not necessary to attend live.

Will you teach classes during the summer? Yes. Many schools and homeschools follow a year-round schedule, so lessons continue through the summer. If you take a break from school during the summer, you can use the classes as fun boredom busters or simply catch up on the missed classes using the video library once your school is back in session.

What supplies will we need? Most of the time, each student will need a nature journal (or plain, white paper) and colored pencils. Occasionally, other supplies like watercolors, a tape measure, or a magnifying glass are suggested – none of which will be mandatory. Supplies are listed in the registration and email reminders.

Where should we sit to view the class? Your student(s) will need a sturdy surface to complete the nature journaling activities. Gathering around a table is probably best.

Can I download the recorded videos to my device? The videos cannot be downloaded to your device. They must be streamed.

Do I get access to any videos or other membership materials once my membership ends? No, your access to the live classes, video library, and printable resources ends when the membership ends. However, any downloads you have saved to your computer over the course of your membership are yours to keep.

Do you have a sample lesson we can view? Yes! Click here to enjoy a full sample lesson.

What class topics are already in the video library? Click here to see the list of previously taught classes. This list is updated every quarter or so.

What supplies will we need? Most of the time, each student will need a nature journal (or plain, white paper) and colored pencils. Occasionally, other supplies like watercolors, a tape measure, or a magnifying glass are suggested – none of which will be mandatory. Supplies are listed in the registration and email reminders.

Where should we sit to view the class? Your student(s) will need a sturdy surface to complete the nature journaling activities. Gathering around a table is probably best.

Only the video classes with Mrs. Cindy are necessary for the membership. Yet, you can still choose when and how to use them.

The extra resources (podcast, booklists, vocabulary, hands-on and research activities, and nature walk prompts) are available to you as optional learning activities.

How will No Sweat Nature Study lessons fit into my current science schedule? You have a few options:

  • Use the lessons as a supplement to your regular science curriculum.
  • Use the lessons instead of your regular science lessons for the day (or week if you plan to complete the follow-up activities).
  • Forego the live lessons and choose topics from the video library that fit with your planned science or seasonal path.
  • Use No Sweat Nature Study as your entire curriculum for a season. This is done successfully by utilizing the extra resources provided with each class.

Is there a scope and sequence to the lessons? No. The lessons cover various topics within all the sciences, particularly botany, animal science, earth science, weather science, and space science. They are frequently connected to geography, history, language arts, and math topics.

Do students need prior knowledge about a topic to get the most from a class? No. Cindy teaches everything necessary to understand the topic of the day.

What if we don’t live in the same area as you? Will the lessons be pertinent to us? Yes, the lessons will be pertinent to everyone, no matter where you are in the world or your current season. None of the lessons require you to have certain specimens to complete the activities.

It’s always suggested that you begin your membership at the monthly level so you can be sure it will work for your family before making quarterly or yearly commitments. We are not able to process partial period refunds. You will have member access until your period expires. 

No. I’m sorry. Each family needs to purchase their own membership.

I’m sorry, but we do not offer group rates.

Yes. Please contact cindy@ourjourneywestward.com to learn about a group rate and receive a specialized invoice. The fee is determined based on the number of students and the period you need access to the membership. In general, you can expect the price of a regular membership per 5 students.

This licensing is only available to teachers who meet in person with their students and use the membership while they meet in person with their students. No virtual co-ops or classrooms are allowed under any circumstances. You may not share the membership, video streaming, or supplementary materials with your co-op families or other teachers. Physical copies of printable resources can be reproduced for each child in the class, but no digital files are to be shared with the students or their families. To reiterate, this special group license is available for one teacher to use in her in-person classroom.

They can purchase a gift code that can be applied to a new or existing membership. Please send charter schools here and grandparents, aunts and uncles, or friends here.

Please note that the membership is a subscription. You must place a credit card on file even when using a gift code. You can cancel the membership anytime to avoid additional charges at the renewal date.

If your charter school requires a more detailed receipt than the one provided, please email me at cindy@ourjourneywestward.com.

We are unable to process full or partial refunds at any membership level. It’s always suggested that you begin your membership at the monthly level so you can be sure it will work for your family before making quarterly or yearly commitments. You can upgrade or cancel at any time. Upon cancellation, you will have member access until your period expires. 

Your membership will automatically renew. You should receive an email notification a few days before renewal.

You may cancel the membership anytime from your account dashboard. Upon cancellation, you will have member access until your period expires. We cannot process full or partial refunds at any membership level.

Memberships cannot be paused.

8 reviews for No Sweat Nature Study Membership

  1. Michelle Straub

    We just attended our first No Sweat Nature Study on Cattails. My daughter LOVED it! I really like this format because soon we will have so much cold/snow that it will be harder to get all three kids outside for nature study. It was easy to have the few supplies of paper and color pencils on hand and be ready to learn about new things!

  2. Jessica

    My son has learned so much from the No Sweat Nature Study Class about science, observation, drawing and nature journals. He has a fresh excitement about each new topic he studies.

  3. Amber

    We love Cindy’s live lessons! She is such a great teacher and I learn so much alongside my children! She does a great job keeping ideas flowing for all the age groups in my brood – preschool up to middle school! Best investment I made this year!

  4. tamsenfindlay

    We absolutely love Miss Cindy and her enthusiasm for all things Nature! She is an amazing teacher and does a fantastic job keeping the children engaged! We had done quite a few other lessons with Cindy before she got No Sweat Nature Study Live going and loved all of them and we are even more excited about this program! The lessons are informative and fun and my kids (Boy age 8 & girl age 12) absolutely adore these classes! She shows them real specimens when possible and incorporates so much different information for all different age groups! Highly recommend!

  5. Angela Bergeron

    I signed up for the monthly subscription to try it out, but I just upgraded to the yearly subscription because we all love it. It is fabulous and so easy! My kids, ages 5, 11 and 12, and I sit down at the table to do it together. I struggle with getting in nature study and nature journaling, but this makes it easy. I like how natural and engaging she is talking and interacting with us. My kids like that she gives you options on what to use for materials and she doesn’t tell you what you have to draw or what it needs to look like. We just attended our first live class this week on birds in winter and it was even more fun. My kids enjoyed answering questions in the chat and answering polls. We’ve only done 3 so far, but it’s secured a spot in our school rotation. The only thing I would change is having it more. I’d love once a week!

  6. April Richardson

    We have been so happy with Mrs. Cindy’s monthly subscription. My kids look forward to covering a new topic and drawing in their nature journals each month and frankly I do too. What a treat!

  7. Ashley Hoffman

    We’ve been enjoying NSNS Live for over two years now and it’s one of our favorite parts of homeschooling! My children enjoy the live chat feature, having Mrs. Cindy as their teacher and completing the nature study pages. I enjoy the convenience of it for me as the mom – there isn’t planning involved on my end unless I want to add a supplemental activity. I appreciate the engaging format, consistency & dependability of the lessons and the diversity of topics presented. 10 stars! 🙂

  8. Jennifer Adams

    We are enjoying the nature study classes so much! This has helped me put into practice exactly what I have been trying to create for the past 5 years with my daughter (10 years old), but I just didn’t have the time to focus on it. “The Handbook of Nature Study” has been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. I am breathing easier, and my daughter actually likes science now. This she will remember… 🙂

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