Nature study is one of my children’s favorite subjects in our homeschool. We enjoy planning our nature studies around the seasons that we are currently in. There are so many different and wonderful ways that animals change in the winter time. These changes can make for some great teaching moments. Here are some great winter animal nature studies and ideas for you to use during your nature studies this Winter!
The Handbook of Nature Study Blog always has the greatest nature study resources. These nature studies are full of information, links, lots of beautiful photography and sometimes there are even free printables. These posts are specifically on winter animals:
Mammals in Winter : Tracks
Mammals in Winter: Hibernation
Winter Bird Study
Winter Bird: Chickadee
Sheep and Winter Wool
Chipmunk Nature Study
Tracks in the Snow: A Winter Nature Study from Embracing Destiny – there are some great photos in this post. If you don’t have snow where you live and you don’t have the opportunity to track animals you will love all the photos!
The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up very soon!
This is such a great activity to get your kids involved in each year. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.
Since then, more than 100,000 people of all ages and walks of life have joined the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.
It is easy to participate. You simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world!
Click HERE to get started!
Here are some great books in animals in winter to use with your winter nature studies:
Animals in Winter
Over and Under the Snow
When It Starts to Snow
The Animal’s Winter Sleep
Here are some adorable animal crafts your little ones will love:
Winter Animal Crafts