Do you have a Nature focused resolution
for the up coming year?
I think Nature study makes a great area for New Year’s Resolutions!
I don’t know about you but I would much rather contemplate drawing in my Nature Journal, planning Nature Walks, reading beautiful Nature Themed poetry and books than contemplate the 10 extra pounds that I probably should shed in the new year.
And for the record, making time to spend outdoors in nature may have just as much of a health benefit as getting rid of those extra 10 pounds (more on this in weeks to come)– and if my nature study involves walking I my be able to hit both goals!
If Nature Study is new to you and your family I highly recommend a goal of starting a family phenology journal or “calendar of first”. If you need some guidance, take a look at my post on phenology calendars. If you want even more help, I recommend Bernd Heinrich’s new book Naturalists Notebook.
As for me I have two 2018 Nature Study goals.
The first in a goal just for me (my kids will continue with there regular nature journal scheduled). I’m calling it the 52 80 challenge and your welcome to join me if you’d like! 5280 is in honor of my home state of Colorado with it’s mile high capital.
The idea is to complete 80 nature journal entries
in the next 52 weeks.
This can mean 80 entries in a calendar of firsts, or, as in my case, 80 more involved entries with drawings and more detailed observations.
My Second Nature goal is for my entire family.
Whereas my first goal was made with our native state in mind, this goal is made with our adopted state of New Hampshire in mind.
We moved from a state with hardly any trees to the most forested state in the Union! So we really don’t know the trees that we live amongst. My goal for 2018 is to learn the 20 most common tree species and to be able to recognize them in all 4 seasons. In order to help me with this goal I picked up this beautiful book:
The book has only 40 species in it and it starts with Red Maples which make up 30% of the Northeastern forest. The goal of the book is help help you learn to recognize the most common trees by easy to pick out traits, so that you don’t have to rely on a field guide! Here are a few journal entries I made as I work on learning the most common deciduous tree and the most common conifer tree in my forest.
Happy New Year! I hope you’ll consider making your own Nature Resolutions this year!