February Nature Journal Calendar
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Rebecca has made a goal to share a monthly nature journal calendar with my readers. She’s been enjoying the project so far because she loves to be in tune with what is happening seasonally in the natural world. Her media skills are shaping up too. Enjoy the February Nature Journal Calendar!
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 February nature.
- 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!
February Nature Connections
- Great Backyard Bird Count– Every year in February, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors this event with Audubon and Bird Studies Canada to count birds from all over the world during a span of a few days. This year’s GBBC is February 12-15, 2016.
- Maple Sugaring– Learn about maple sugaring. This year we are tapping our own tree with supplies from Tap My Trees.
- Leap Year– February 2016 includes Leap Day. Find out more about Leap Years and why we have them and how often.
- Groundhog Day– Kick off the month with this little fun holiday. Try this Geography Quest to learn more about it.
- Compare Average Snowfall– for your area and compare it to your total so far this year.
Books for Studying Nature in February
- Big Tracks, Little Tracks– a Let’s Read and Find Out science book on following animal prints
- Peterson Guide to Animal Tracks– a field guide to animal tracks
- Animal Track Rubbing Plates– not a book but all kinds of animal track fun!
- Audubon Guide to Birds– field guide to birds with color pictures
February Literature Connections
- Tracks in the Snow– Sweet book about a little girl following tracks that end up being her own.
- In the Snow Who’s Been Here?– Lots of clues are left behind to show the signs of animals that have been by in the snow.
- The Mitten– a Jan Brett story about animals which hide out in a mitten left behind by a boy in the snow
- Three Snow Bears– a retelling of a folk tale in an Inuit setting
- The Rag Coat– A poor girl gets a coat made from pieces of fabric that belong to her friends.
- Very Last First Time– an Inuit girl gets to collect clams from under the frozen ice by herself for the first time
- Sugar Snow– an adapted chapter of Little House in the Big Woods made into a picture book. This one is about making maple syrup.
- Blue Moose– a short story about a chef and a moose who comes to stay with him. I’ve given the link to an anthology of stories with that one in it. It’s the best version!
- Little House in the Big Woods– the classic tale by Laura Ingalls Wilder which includes how they spent winter time.
More February Fun at Blog, She Wrote
Geography Quest Groundhog Day Edition– Learn more about this traditional U.S. holiday with a discovery trail.
Geography Quest Great Backyard Bird Count Edition– How do you participate and what’s it all about?
Maple Sugaring at Home– The beginning of our adventure to tap a maple tree in our yard this year. The second half will be happening very soon!
Can I just say that you are my homeschool mom idol?! I just love everything you all do and constantly find myself saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?” I hope to someday meet you in person. 🙂
Eva- thanks so much, friend! This has been a fun project for Rebecca and she’s learned a few new skills. Maybe we can work out that east coast/west coast meet up! 🙂
That is brilliant! Your kids have the best homeschool!
Thanks so much for all the ideas and links in this post! I’m curious – what is the book undernThe Nature Connection?
You are welcome, Jeni! The book under there is Keeping a Nature Journal by Claire Leslie Walker (same as The Nature Connection). Great book!
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