Nature Journaling Giveaway!

Monday, August 15, 2016


As we settle back into a new school year one of our favorite things to do is nature journal. If you don't know what nature journaling is, simply put it is writing down and drawing your observations of the natural world around you.

Not only is nature journaling a great excuse to get the kids out of the house but it has so many facets of learning involved.

1. Getting outdoors
2. Learning about the natural environment where we live
3. Being observant more than we usually would
4. Using art to document and draw what we see
5. Incorporating, art,science, physical ed., writing, biology, spelling and creativity.

Nature journaling is by far our favorite subject as homeschoolers! Not only do my kids enjoy it but I do as well! I love being able to do join in with them in my own nature journal. I am learning right alongside them!









 As you can see we love getting outside and what better way to include learning as my kids are having fun and getting all their wiggles out!






Sometimes we will take our nature journals with us and record what we are seeing and other times we will bring a plant or picture back home to study in more detail, or we will look up what we saw online or in a book if we didn't know what it was and study it more in depth. Some of our favorite places to go are to our local parks, nature trails, beaches, county parks, and right in our back yard! We live in the city but even so there is so much nature all around us!

My kids love anything to do with animals and nature so they are always interested in learning about a new creature or plant. So far we have done nature studies and journaling about sharks(we found shark teeth), butterflies, turtles, snakes, bees, native florida plants and whatever else we discover on our walks or studies. I have to admit that my children are naturally gifted artists.( No, really they are;) So I can't take any credit for their beautiful journals. I learn so much from them!

I am so excited to be joining the IHN back to school GIVEAWAY  to give you everything you need to do your own nature journaling with your children!!! YAY!!!

I know I can always use some extra motivation to get me excited about getting back to school with my children and nature journaling is one of those things that really excites me. I hope you will get excited by it as well!!

Included in this giveaway is:


1. Nature Anatomy
A beautifully illustrated book of everything you need to know about that you would encounter in nature!!
2. Artist Loft Art Journal with plenty of pages to waiting to be filled!
3. Winsor and Newton Cotman Water Color Sketchers Pocket Box. This is a top of the line watercolor kit that includes 12 colours, mixing palette and brush.
4. 12 Colored Pencils
5.  Vintage Golden Nature Guides to Mammals and Trees
6. An original watercolor picture of our native Florida Mockingbird by my talented son Israel to give you some extra inspiration:)!
7.  Plus a $25 gift card to Joann Fabrics for any more journaling supplies that you might need!!

This basket is worth over a total of $75!!!

Get your school year started right by entering this amazing giveaway to give you everything you need to start you and your children's own nature journals!!

Not only am I giving away this great basket but there are a ton other back to school basket giveaways for you to enter in the link below!! So be sure to check them out also and get excited to get back to school!!

Congratulations to Katie L.!!! Thanks to all who entered!
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Sorry only open to US residents due to shipping costs.

Make sure to check out 52 other awesome gift baskets from ihomeschool network! You can click on picture to take you to all the other giveaways!


95 comments:

  1. I have 8 year old twins who are love nature and are curious about everything. They would love the books

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  2. I'm about to get started nature journaling with my boys when we start school, and I'm looking forward to it! I don't have many resources yet though, so these would be great! And a gift card to Joann is *always* greatly appreciated. ;)

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    1. Yes, there is always something needed at Joanns;) Thanks for entering!

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  3. My kids love nature and going out and exploring the amazing world around them. They love to come back from their explorations and make journal entries, posters, and comic strips about what they have seen. If they see an unusual bug or critter, they want to get out books and identify them immediately. This basket would be a blessing to them. They would have so much fun with it, while learning so much. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to everyone.

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  4. We love getting outside exploring nature! I would love to add those vintage books to our collection! and the gift card would be great for some new journaling supplies!

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  5. I am wanting to add more art to my lesson plans, and one of the best subjects to draw/paint/do art with is nature!

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  6. This is such a great idea!!! Love the exploring and drawing it out. I still have several young ones and this would be awesome for them!

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  7. We are just entering into the world of homeschooling and the kids and I absolutely LOVE being outside. These resources would be perfect for starting our new journey :)

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    1. Awesome! My favorite part of homeschooling is being able to learn so much in the outdoors:)

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  8. I am looking for ways to make school fun for my 9 year old.

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  9. I really need to add a bit more structure to our nature studies! Thanks for the chance!

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  10. With homeschooling I have been trying to gather more nature study books for our family. This would be a great addition. Thanks

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  11. This giveaway is amazing! I really need to incorporate nature more in our days. It seems to get pushed aside for other subjects, but truly is just as important!

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    1. It really is especially when they enjoy it! Thanks for entering!:)

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  12. My daughter doesn't spend enough time outside and this would give me the push I need to incorporate nature study into our day.

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  13. I would benefit from this giveaway because my son is mentally challenged and has a hard time learning the normal way but he loves science and the books you have would be a real blessing to him

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  14. I LOVE the Nature Anatomy book! We met up with a group here in DC & we used it to look up some info & get a little more detail on the birds we were studying. I made a mental note that I wanted to get that book. Such a helpful tool in nature journaling!!

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  15. This year our science is going to be nature study focused. This would be a great asset. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  16. We are giving nature journaling another shot this year, I love it!

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  17. We're just starting the CM method this year and I'm having a hard time jumping into nature journaling. I need all the help I can get!

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  18. I have Nature Anatomy on my Amazon wishlist! We are collecting materials to begin nature study this autumn. These products would be a wonderful addition. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  19. I have a love for art and all of the beautiful things God as made for us in the world around us. I'd love to instill the appreciation of His wonders in my children as well. Even if I don't win, I'm thankful to have been introduced to these materials now. Thanks!

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  20. My kids and I would really love this. We are trying to do more nature studies as well as art, but I don't know where to start and money is tight. This would be a huge help.

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  21. We love the outdoors and the kids love to do art...looks great!!

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  22. My kids love nature and art. This would be a wonderful addition to our homeschool curriculum this year. Thanks for the great giveaway and for the chance to win!!

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  23. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I love getting out and experiencing nature with my kids and these are some great resources to do so!

    Sarah M.

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  24. What a wonderful giveaway! This year, one of my goals is to explore nature more regularly. These goodies would certainly help with that!

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    1. We really dove into it this year and it has been so great!

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  25. We love science and I think my children would be inspired by your son's beautiful drawing!

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  26. In our homeschool there are some things I still work at to get my kids to acquire a love of. Nature study, nature journaling...these are not an issue. We love them. My husband and I are native Floridians (I'm from Tampa - well, Ruskin - and he's from Plant City), but a few years back we moved to Kentucky. As our children increase in age, their love of God's creation does, too. Thanks be to God! They are always seeking out information, and this would be a blessing to add fuel to that fire. Thank you for the opportunity!

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    1. Awesome! we live right across the bay:) Kids are so great at appreciating God's creation!

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  27. M boys would enjoy learning more around them on our nature hikes.

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  28. I have a special needs kiddo who I have found benefits TREMENDOUSLY from getting outside and doing nature study so I am really trying to incorporate that more into our weekly routine. This would be a wonderful 'jump start' for us!! Thanks for all you do to encourage us mamas : ) xoxo

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  29. I would love to introduce my children to nature journaling! We've never tried it.

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  30. We are just really getting into nature Journaling. This was informative.

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  31. We are just really getting into nature Journaling. This was informative.

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  32. I have 3 boys sandwiched between my two girls & they LOVE nature and the outdoors. I am sad to say I have never done a nature study...outside!

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  33. Child No. 3 is my very first who loves nature studies, and she is looking forward to our nature plans for this year!

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  34. Child No. 3 is my very first who loves nature studies, and she is looking forward to our nature plans for this year!

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  35. My teenage son is a brilliant artist and a young zoologist. He has been looking for art books that he can use to teach art to younger siblings and other home school students.

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  36. My daughter loves drawing, this prize is perfect for her. I really enjoyed all the photos in this post too! Makes me want to explore outside with my children!

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  37. Hello! :)
    We would benefit from this giveaway because we have 5 nature-loving kids! They love anything outdoors and they love art. This is perfect!
    Thank you!

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  38. We are nature freaks and would love using these wonderfully chosen resources! Thanks for the chance!!

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  39. We are nature freaks and would love using these wonderfully chosen resources! Thanks for the chance!!

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  40. My kids love being outside! This would be awesome for them. Thank you for the opportunity!!!

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  41. I did nature studies with my older children years ago and I should do it again with the younger ones.

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  42. My kids love being outside and learning hands on

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  43. This is a wonderful giveaway! Thank you.

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  44. Awesome giveaway ...nature study has been our focus for many years

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  45. We are just starting intentional nature study & journaling. This would be such a blessing!

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  46. I love all things nature. My son, not so much. I am trying to get him into it more.

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  47. We love nature, and I have been wanting the Nature Anaromy book.

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  48. With five blessings I am always looking for new ideas for how to get us out in nature and not squandering out time out there.

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  49. I'm down to just one, but he's my scientist. Nature Journaling is something I've been considering adding to our routine. It would especially be helpful with his learning issues as well.

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  50. My 4 children would enjoy being in nature and I would enjoy the learning part.

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  51. Living here in the northern US, outdoor time is especially precious with my 6 kids. It would be nice to have some guidance on how to make the most of exploring nature.

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  52. My 11yo DD loves to draw animals and flowers - nature journaling seems like a perfect fit. I've just never really known where to start. These would be fabulous for her!

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  53. I have a 12 yo and a 7 yo and we would love to have this to help us do more nature studies.

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  54. My daughter is learning about watercolors. This set would only encourage even more outdoor learning and exploring for us. ��

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  55. I have 3 aspiring artists so all these things would definitely be put to good use!

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  56. My girls love the outdoors and art, so this would be perfect!

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  57. I love your post, your kids are great nature artists! I have several of the little golden guides,they are wonderful little books.

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  58. I love your post, your kids are great nature artists! I have several of the little golden guides,they are wonderful little books.

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  59. Our children need to get out in nature more.
    Lori

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  60. My 7 year old daughter is so in love with nature studies right now.. .and we all could benefit from being outside more.

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  61. My 7 year old daughter is so in love with nature studies right now.. .and we all could benefit from being outside more.

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  62. We are really starting to get into Nature Study this year, but we're still lacking in supplies, field guides, and such.

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  63. I didn't grow up as a nature loving girl and I need all the help I can get to learn more about it as my family tries to enjoy it more and more.

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  64. nature study is one thing we always want to do but find it getting pushed out. i'm trying harder this year

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  65. My 5 would thoroughly enjoy this! We are doing Botany and Zoology so it would fit right in and be a huge blessing!

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  66. I would benefit from this giveaway because next month when the weather gets a little cooler (Arizona Very Hot) I will be doing my nature curriculum which involves art with my home school. This giveaway has some new material for me to use.

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  67. This is a perfect basket to get started with nature studies. I've been wanting the Nature Handbook.

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  68. I do not have a natural gift in art, so it would be nice to have a nice bundle of items already put together for me.

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  69. We are just stepping our toes into the wonderful world of nature journaling! You have included a lot of the items I have spied and have on my "want" list to help expand our knowledge of using a nature journal :)

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  70. This is our first year homeschooling so we are building everything we need. Plus we LOVE vintage books. Thanks.

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  71. I have a 10 year old who loves everything about nature, an 8 year old who loves to draw, and a 4 year old who loves to get dirty. This basket would be perfect!

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  72. My kids love art study so these resources would be fantastic!

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  73. I have three children and we do a nature study every Friday. These materials would be a nice blessing for our family.

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  74. My boys love being outside and knowing what everything is around them.

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  75. My girls are thriving artists who stop to create images of the world around them and the world in their minds. - Lori

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  76. My 11 yo son would love this, and I would love to add to his art curriculum!

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  77. I'm about to start homeschooling my almost-five-year-old, and I can't wait to start taking nature walks and journaling with her!

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  78. Our Nature Study has been hit and miss up to this point. This would take us a BIG step toward intentionality!

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  79. I really wanted to add in nature studies and journaling last year but we moved with my husband's job on such short notice about halfway through the year. It was the middle of winter and too cold to go out exploring the new area. So nature studies got put on hold. What little we did do we use the Internet to look things up but I felt that having books on hand would be so much better. I love the books you are offering. Thank you!

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