If you asked my children what their favorite subject was they would tell you that it was Nature study. We love nature studies so much that there have been some years we used them as a full science curriculum!
If you love the outdoors and being in nature, or you are a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler, then you most definitely will want to start incorporating nature studies into your homeschool days. I love to find nature studies that can easily go with the different seasons we are in. It is much easier to find and explore things when you are focusing on specific plants that grow in certain seasons.
Spring and Summer is the perfect time to find flowers out in nature, or even in your local garden center! We love attending butterfly gardens, botanical gardens and the zoo in the spring, so those are great places to examine flowers as well.
Here are some great nature studies on flowers that you can use in your homeschool:
The Handbook of Nature Study Blog is one of our favorite resources for seasonal nature studies. Here are some great flower ones:
Spring Wildflowers – Buttercups and Poppies
Focus on Garden Flowers – Seeds
Garden Flowers – Pressing Flowers
Garden Flowers – How To Draw A Flower
Garden Flowers – Collecting Leaves
Garden Flowers – Seeds and Germination
Weeds and Seeds
Flower Nature Drawing Nature Study from Raising Arrows
All About Flowers FREE Printable Unit Study from Look We’re Learning
Identifying Common Flowers free printable cards from Pinay Homeschooler
Printable Flower Flash Cards from Look We’re Learning
Wildflower Identification Cards from Hobby Farms
Wildflower Species Spotter Sheet from Kiddy Charts
FREE Flower Nomenclature Printable Cards from 1+1+1=1
If you have little ones they may enjoy learning about the different parts of a flower with these fun Parts of a Flower Printables and Crafts.
Websites for studying flowers:
Here is a complete list of state flowers in full color photographs from State Symbols USA.
Wildflower Information Coloring Pages from the USDA Forest Service. There are 44 different coloring pages with detailed information on each wildflower. These would be great for a science/nature notebook.
Backyard Nature has an entire page of information on different flower types. When you click the flower you want to learn more about it will take you to that flower’s page with detailed information and photos of the flower.
Wildflowers in Bloom is an online photo album that contains images of many of the most showy wildflowers. Click on the flower and it will send you to a page that shows pictures of the plants in their seedling stage, a map of the U. S. showing their distribution range, and other useful information regarding planting and growing the wildflowers.
Wildflowers of the United States has a huge list of wildflower resources and state guides.
There are so many amazing books to help you do a nature study on flowers, here are some of our absolute favorites:
Wildflowers, Blooms & Blossoms (Take Along Guides)National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers–E: Eastern Region – Revised Edition (National Audubon Society Field Guides (Paperback))Botany for the Artist: An Inspirational Guide to Drawing PlantsPeterson First Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-central North AmericaNature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (Julia Rothman)Favorite Wildflowers Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)How To Draw Modern Florals: An Introduction To The Art of Flowers, Cacti, and MoreHow to Draw Flowers (Dover How to Draw)Wildflowers: A Fully Illustrated, Authoritative and Easy-to-Use Guide (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press)
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!