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I lived in beautiful Arizona half of my life. We moved back to Florida when my oldest was 6. My girls LOVE nature study. Every time I go back to visit Arizona, or I see pictures online, I always think of how much my girls would absolutely love nature study in the desert. I wish I could take them on a hike to explore the plants and wildlife that they will never get a chance to see here in Florida. Thankful for the internet and the library, I can at least give them a taste of the nature of the desert.
Here are some neat nature study printables, unit studies, books and ideas to create your own Desert themed nature study, even if you don’t live anywhere near a desert climate:
A Walk in the Desert free printable from Totally Terrific in Texas
Connections: Deserts from Homeschool Share – there are links to different lapbook templates, printables, foldable and unit studies on deserts.
Create a Desert Life Book from Lesson Pathways. Each printout contains information about the animal/plant that can be used as study guides.
Endangered Desert Species Card Game from Lesson Pathways.
Desert Animals Unit Study and Lapbook from Homeschool Share
Sonoran Desert Kids has an entire page of threatened and endangered desert plants and animals to color.
About Deserts Habitat Description from Exploring Nature
Desert Habitat Online Interactive Matching Game from Exploring Nature
Nature Study at the Desert Garden from Abundant Soul Life – beautiful nature study photos!
Up Close With Cactus from Handbook of Nature Study – I love this nature study. There are links to some great online resources, as well as a beautiful picture walk through of the sights in the desert. It is like you are really there.
The American Southwest has on online index for Cacti of Arizona. There is a list of all cacti found in Arizona; the main species first, those with a photograph and full description page, followed by all other species, generally less common.
Tooter 4 Kids Desert Creatures – This site explores the various types of desert creatures and includes pictures. It also explains how these animals can survive in desert climates, as well as what they eat. There are also links to various desert creature coloring pages.
Tooter 4 Kids Desert Plants – this site includes beautiful pictures and descriptions of the most common plants found in the desert.
Tooter 4 Kids Fun Desert Facts – Fun and interesting facts for kids to learn about the desert.
Nature Study in the Sonoran Desert – a guide to the flora and fauna of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
Here are some great nature books to read about the desert:
Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus
Creatures of the Desert World
Cactus Desert One Small Square