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Welcome to the new nature journal calendar! Enjoy the month of September and print your September 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 September.
- 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!
September Nature Connections
The crickets felt that it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last forever. Even on the most beautiful days in the whole year, the crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change. – EB White, Charlotte’s Web
Summer is winding down. In September in upstate NY the weather is delightful with warm sunny days and cooler days and evenings as we head into autumn. The days get even more noticeably shorter and begin to get cooler, the leaves are looking tired and begin to fall, and the insects are singing their end of summer song. What does September look like where you live? Enjoy these late summer nature connections:
- Notice the late summer wildflowers– What’s blooming now? Goldenrod and Queen Anne’s Lace along with Black Eyed Susans are some of ours.
- Track the sunrise and sunset– The decrease in daylight is a signal to nature that it’s time to start winding down. Count how much light is lost from the first day to the final day of September.
- Find Seeds– Look for evidence of seeds on plants and observe their shape and texture. Learn more about seed travel and how each seed is designed to get around and grow a new plant.
- Observe bird migration– Do you see flocks of birds traveling? Maybe you will see birds you don’t normally see, but keep and eye out. Birds are on the move.
- Follow hurricanes– September is one of the most active months in the hurricane season which runs from June through November.
- Go apple picking– One of our favorite September activities is picking apples. We pick plenty and spend another day making applesauce and apple butter.
- Visit a Bee Keeper– It’s national honey month! Learn all about the bees that make us honey.
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 camping, listening to creatures after dark, and taking last visits to the pool.
Books for Nature Study in September
We love to share our most loved nature books and resources with you. This month we’re sharing:
- Five in a Row Nature Study Fall– This is a delightful walk through the season with your child featuring things to spot, printables to use, poems, art, and recipes.
- Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media– Great addition to your art library and a fun way to nature journal.
- Peterson Field Guide to Birds– This links to the eastern and central North America, but look for the ones where you live. We like to keep our guides by the window with binoculars so we can more easily identify birds coming through.
- Sibley Backyard Birding Flashcards– We enjoyed a set of these for a long time. Have fun learning common backyard birds.
- Berry Finder A Guide to Native Plants with Fleshy Fruits– A dichotomous key used to ID berry plants.
September 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!
- The Tiny Seed– The story of a seed from being planted to dispersing time
- A Day at the Apple Orchard– Do you take trips to pick apples?
- How Do Apples Grow?– I love this book series for kids called Let’s Find Out Science. Learn how apples grow from a seed.
- The Bee Tree– This one is a family favorite about finding a honey tree.
- The Honey Makers– the story of bees and how they make honey
- Daniel Boone Young Hunter & Tracker– He was an outdoors-man from a young age. Another wonderful series of books.
- Charlotte’s Web– The story of a pig and his friends on the farm.
- Coot Club– The fifth in the Swallows & Amazons series features a Bird Protection Society and a nest that the kids want to protect.
- Watership Down– A group of rabbits leave their home and try to find a new place to settle
- Journey to the Center of the Earth– a sci fi about finding the center of the earth written by Jules Verne
More September Fun at Blog, She Wrote
Geography Quest Apple Growers Edition– All things apple related including where they are grown, climate, and who grows them.
Geography Quest Hurricane Tracking Edition– It’s the peak of the hurricane season in the United States. Learn how to track hurricanes and how they are formed.
How to Make a Plant Journal- Rebecca’s journal is on its way to the NY State Fair today. With September being the start of a new academic year (for many), it’s a great time to start your own. Even better, bind up your calendars with your nature drawings for a journal. Rebecca bound the whole year and that’s on the way to the fair as well!
And don’t forget about one of our favorite classes: