Nature study is a popular science approach among homeschool families. Children are encouraged to spend time outdoors, where they observe the world around them and make interesting discoveries. Just spending time in the great, wide world is a learning experience in itself, but if you are looking for resources to help guide your exploration of nature, check out this list for suggestions. You'll find information on three books and a link to a free download.
Your backyard or local neighborhood might make a good setting for nature study, but you might also like to explore a nearby park. Places to check out in central Illinois are Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights, Spring Lake Nature Park in Streator, Sugar Grove Nature Center in McLean and Comlara County Park in Hudson.
Nature study is beneficial to families all year long. Kids can learn many things from spending time outdoors. The resources on this list will help your children learn more about the natural world and encourage them to be observant scientists.