Exploring Nature With Children


Buy PDF ~  236 pages $18  



Free Seasonal Title Pages

Exploring Nature With Children: A Guided Journal

Exploring Nature With Children is a complete, year-long curriculum designed to guide you, step by step, through an entire calendar year of nature study. Completely self-contained, this book has all the information you need to make nature study happen regularly for your family.

Exploring Nature With Children contains:

  • An entire chapter devoted to getting you up and running with nature study.
  • Forty-eight weeks of themed and guided nature study; four weeks for each month of the year, organised by season. Exploring Nature With Children can be used as a whole year’s study, or dipped in and out of as you please.

Each week’s guided study contains the following:

  • A themed nature walk.

Exploring Nature With Children will take you step by step through a themed, Charlotte Mason-style, nature walk. There is no need to hunt through various books and websites; all the information you need is there, leaving you free to enjoy being out in nature with your child.

  • References to the Handbook Of Nature Study.

Exploring Nature With Children is completely self-contained, but includes references to related pages in the Handbook Of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock, should you wish to delve a little deeper.

  • A themed book list.

With books for children of all ages, you will find a comprehensive list of living books related to the week’s nature study theme. Exploring Nature With Children is a self-contained course, so the book list is an extra tool, not a necessity.

You will also receive the booklist compiled separately, should you wish to use it as an additional planning tool.

  • A poem

Related to the nature theme of the week; a classic piece of poetry that can be used for copywork, dictation, or simply to just read aloud and enjoy.

  • A piece of art

The name and details of a piece of art that relates to the nature theme of the week has been included. This can easily be looked up online, or in art books available from your local library.

  • Extension activities for your child

Here you will find a list of activities, written directly to your child, that will extend their nature study throughout the whole of the week. You will find ideas for crafts, writing, science, maths, and more, with absolutely no busy work.

1,160 thoughts on “Exploring Nature With Children

    1. Dear Betty,

      Exploring Nature With Children is as family friendly, and multi-age as possible. It gives you the necessary scientific information for each week’s nature theme, then the parent can present those facts as they see fit, to each individual child. A child that is old enough to keep a nature journal will get the most out of it, but I have included suggestions for using the book with much younger children, too. ENWC is written to equip you as a parent, to talk with your child about nature, without having to go through a pile of different books first! The extension activities included vary; venn diagrams, writing poetry, making models, amongst many others. I have been very careful to use only relevant, authentic activities, with absolutely no busy work. Some will suit younger children, others are for the older child.

      The best thing to do is to download the samples. This should help you to decide if ENWC will be suitable for your own family.

      Do feel free to let me now if you have any other questions.


    1. Dear Paula,

      Thank you very much for your kind words; you have made my day!

      Happy exploring!

  1. I can’t wait to start this program with my rising Kindergartener! In these especially uncertain times, it’s so reassuring to know that their are quality resources out there that equip us to teach our own children!

    Thank you

    1. Dear Maria,

      Thank you for taking the time to write, and for your kind words. It is a very difficult time, and I find that being in the natural world helps us so much. Do keep in touch and let me know how you get on.


  2. Hi, is this curriculum adaptable to city life with not much seasonal changes? We don’t have snow. We don’t have a backyard. We would mostly be doing our nature walks in parks. If we can’t do much of the activities, is there enough content leftover to be a curriculum?

    1. Dear Jane,

      Exploring Nature With Children is written to be as accessible as possible to all families, however, it has a definite northern hemisphere, four season slant. Other families will need to adapt the book slightly to fit with either their climate or location. There are thousands of families who happily use ENWC around the world, but they do have to adjust to suit what is happening in the natural world around them. None of the weeks are specifically themed for snow, though some of the book recommendations are snow related.
      You absolutely can use a park as your special nature spot. The best thing to do is to download the sample, and look at all the weekly themes. This should help you to decide if ENWC will be suitable for your own family.
      I hope that this helps! Do let me know if you have any questions.


    1. Dear Kayla,

      The HBNS is an old book, and is such is actually available for free online.

      The edition referenced in ENWC is this one: ISBN-13: 978-0801493843

      The page numbers may vary slightly on a Kindle / online version, but it should be pretty simple to find the recommended pages still.


  3. I’m having trouble ordering. I expect it is based on my US and your UK location. Do you have another payment method? PayPal perhaps?

  4. Good afternoon, I purchased the curriculum and journal last year. I think I read somewhere about it being updated? I can’t find my original email confirming my purchase so I can’t try to download again for the updated version and booklist. Would it be possible to send me the link again please? Many thanks

    1. Dear Amanda,

      You are most welcome to purchase ENWC. You may wish to check the FAQ page with regards to climate suitability. The price is in USD.

      I hope that helps!


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.