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Welcome to the new nature journal calendar! Enjoy the month of July and print your July 2016 Nature Journal Calendar to help you record what’s going on in your own backyard and beyond.
How to Use the Nature Journal Calendar
There’s no right or wrong way to use the nature journal calendar. Here are a few tips:
- Download your printable calendar.
- Print the calendar.
- Use the prompts both on the calendar and below to explore some elements of nature in July.
- Draw or write your observations in the blank calendar squares. That’s why there are so many blank spaces- so you don’t feel pressured to do a million things and so that you have room to doodle it up right on the calendar.
- Put them together in a notebook or handmade book and wait for next month and a new calendar.
- Have fun!
July Nature Connections
Summer is in full swing! Independence Day is upon us. What does July look like where you live? Enjoy these summer nature connections:
- Garden Progress– Record what’s happening in your garden. How has the weather helped or hindered your growing plants? Here in the northeast it has been unusually dry while parts of the midwest and mid-atlantic have been very wet this year.
- Look for wildflowers– Which plants are blooming right now? We’ve just passed our huge bloom of Dame’s Rocket and now we’re seeing different flowers on the landscape.
- Observe the night sky– What’s over head this time of year? Which constellations can you see? Do you see Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn?
- Take a trip to an observatory– Every Friday night our local observatory is open to the public and we have enjoyed looking at planets in the large telescope. We also dropped in to see mercury traversing the sun (see the picture above).
No need to feel limited by our ideas! If you see something you want to note, then go ahead and put it on your calendar. We’ve been insect collecting and taking walks with visits to the pool.
Books for Nature Study in July
We love to share our most loved nature books with you. This month we’re sharing:
- The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling– This is new to us and it is lovely! There are lessons throughout the book and some excellent pages on materials and supplies. We’ve tried gouache painting for the first time.
- Nature Drawing and Journaling– A how to book on keeping a nature journal complete with lessons. There’s also an accompanying DVD set if you want to get more help.
- Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Dragonflies– We’ve caught at least four new dragonflies this season and they are different from the ones already in the kids’ collections. So, a dragonfly guide is a need and this one is perfect.
- A Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America– This is a great book for identifying the critters that lurk under stones in creeks and streams. We use it for our entomology studies.
July Literature Connections
It’s time for a list of fun books to read while you enjoy spring. The book list includes titles for preschool through high school. Read them outside for extra fun!
- Blueberries for Sal– A perennial July title in our house because blueberries are harvested in July.
- One Morning in Maine– Another McCloskey favorite. A must read every summer.
- Peter Duck A Treasure Hunt in the Caribbees– The third book in the Swallows & Amazons series. You can beat sailing to the Caribbean for adventure.
- Swiss Family Robinson– The classic tale of shipwreck and survival for a family
- The Secret Garden– A special garden for a girl who has lost her family.
More July Fun at Blog, She Wrote
These are some posts that you might enjoy as you make July plans. Enjoy what the month brings!
- Geography Quest Shark Edition– Shark week may be over, but ocean creatures are fun any time of the year and especially the summer. Learn about these animals and where you can find them.
- Summer Art Fun with Mixed Media– Summer is a fantastic time to take on extra art projects and we love the mixed media art courses from Flourish.
- 3 Reasons to Make Hand Bound Books– We love making hand bound books. Have you ever tried? This post includes supplies and resources.