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  • Writer's pictureKerry


Winter is filled with cold and stormy days. So how can you study nature if you cannot go outside? There are a few ways that this can be done.

Read books about nature: Gather books from around the house or check some out from the library. Make a warm beverage, grab a blanket, and snuggle up on the couch or your favorite chair and have some fun reading about nature.

Nature observation center: Put together a space in front of a window where you can observe the outdoors from inside. First, choose a window with a good view of outside. Preferably one with a tree. Next, hang up a bird feeder that you can easily see from the window. Also, if possible, hang up a thermometer outside the window that you can easily read from inside. Set up a table and chairs, or some comfy pillows, to sit on while you look outside. Make notes in your nature journal what you see while you look out the window.

Are any birds at the feeder? If so, then what kind? Do you see any other wildlife? What is the temperature on the thermometer? Is there any ice forming on the window? You can also keep a thermometer inside and compare the temperature to the outside.

Bring nature indoors: collect rocks, pine cones, acorns, leaves, bark, feathers, etc. Draw the items and research them. Take notes of what you learned in your nature journal.

Keep a weather calendar: Every day write down what the weather is like. You can also Write down the temperature. See if you notice any pattern between the weather and temperature. Watch the temperature go down every day, and then back up again as the winter turns into spring.