Nature Detectives Handouts

My Nature Notes – a PDF template page for children to take notes or draw their nature observations. Can be copied and assembled into a Nature Detectives Field Journal.

Nature Journal Notes  – a one-page checklist to assist your child describe his/her observations of the natural world.

Nature Journal Quick Reference Guide by Project Learning Tree

Naturalist Skills – a one-page checklist outlining five major skills students learn and apply as Nature Detectives (Safety, Observation, Identification, Mapping, Documentation, Measurement)

Scavenger Hunt ideas – textures, shapes, tracks and much more.

Creating Kids Play yards – Guide to creating fun spaces for kids and families. (Adjust PDF view if page reads sideways)

Nature Inspired Activity Books

Joseph Cornell, Sharing Nature with Children & Journey to the Heart of Nature   

John Muir Laws, Opening the World Through Nature Journaling   

Clare Walker Leslie,  The Curious Guide & Nature Connection and The Nature Connection, An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms.

Linda Kranz,  My Nature Book – A Journal & Activity Book for Kids   

Janice Kelley, Through the Eyes of John Muir, Practices in Environmental Stewardship, Grades 3 and 4.

Organization Resources

Children and Nature Network (CNN) 

California Outdoor Engagement Coalition

California Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network

Nature’s Notebook (record observations online)

National Wildlife Federation

National Park Service – Prescription for Health

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Ten Strands (environmental education resources)